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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Command Alias Editor

By Alireza Parsai, May 30, 2003

Command Alias Editor is an application that can help you in modifying AutoCAD Program Parameters (ACAD.PGP) file. The application is available if you install Express Tools. To install Express Tools start AutoCAD 2004 setup program. In Install tab click Install Express Tools [Figure 1]. Follow the wizard to install the Express Tools. The first time you start AutoCAD the Express menu and toolbars will be enabled.

Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge

1. Install Express Tools if necessary.

2. Start AutoCAD 2004.

3. Select Express > Tools > Command Alias Editor [Figure 2].

Figure 2

4. The Command Alias Editor window appears [Figure 3]. Select the Command Aliases tab if not selected.

Figure 3

5. Click Add. The New Command Alias dialog box appears [Figure 4].

Figure 4

6. In Alias box type VBA.

7. In AutoCAD Command box type VBAIDE. You could select the command name from the list.

8. Click OK. The new alias is added to the list [Figure 5].

Figure 5

9. In Command Alias window click OK. A warning message informs you that you are overwriting the current ACAD.PGP file [Figure 6].

Figure 6 - Click on image to enlarge

10. Click Yes. Another message informs you that AutoCAD is updated based on the new ACAD.PGP [Figure 7].

Figure 7 - Click on image to enlarge

11. Click OK.

12. In command line enter VBA. The Visual Basic for Applications window appears.

About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, an instructor for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 30 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach him at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com

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