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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Command Line Switches

By Alireza Parsai, May 12, 2003

You can affect the startup of AutoCAD by adding command line switches. A good knowledge of command line switches is always useful. The following tutorial is conducted in Windows XP Professional environment.

Note: The following tutorials are prerequisites for this tutorial:

Options Profiles
Template Files

1. Switch to Windows desktop.

2. Use Ctrl+Drag method to create two copies of AutoCAD shortcut icon.

3. Click on the first icon.

4. Press F2.

5. Alter the text to Set1 [Figure1].


Figure 1

6. Alter the name of the second icon to Set2.

7. Right-click on the first icon. A shortcut menu appears [Figure 2].


Figure 2

8. Select Properties.

9. Add "/p set1 /nologo" to the end of the Target field [Figure 3]. Notice that "/p set1" starts AutoCAD with set1 profile. This profile was created during a tutorial called Option Profiles. The /nologo starts AutoCAD without showing the startup logo [Figure 4].


Figure 3

Figure 4

10. Click OK.

11. Double-click the icon. AutoCAD starts based on the settings defined in set1 profile and without the startup logo.

12. Back to desktop, right-click on the set2 icon.

13. Click Properties.

14. Add "/p set2 /t custom" to the end of the Target field [Figure 5].


Figure 5

15. Click OK.

16. Double-click the icon. AutoCAD starts based on the settings defined in set2 profile and the custom.dwt template file. You should follow the tutorial on Template Files to create the template file.


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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