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AutoCAD Menus: Shortcut Keys

July 10, 2003

The CUSTOMIZE command enables you to define or redefine shortcut keys. The changes will affect the associated menu files.

If you are not familiar with menu files read the following tutorial first:

AutoCAD Menus: The Base Menu

Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable for other releases.

1. Start AutoCAD 2004.

2. Invoke CUSTOMIZE (Tools > Customize > Keyboard). The Customize dialog box will appear [Figure  1].

Figure  1

3. Make sure that ACAD is selected in the Menu Group list.

4. From the Categories list select Format Menu [Figure  2].

Figure  2

5. From the Commands list select Units [Figure  2].

Figure  3

6. Click in the Press new shortcut key box [Figure  3].

7. Press Ctrl+U. The [Unassigned] note assures you that you can safely use this combination for the UNITS command [Figure  4].

Figure  4

8. Click Assign.

9. Click Show All. A list of available shortcut keys including the new one appears [Figure  5].

Figure  5 - Click on image to enlarge

10. Click OK.

11. Close the dialog box.

12. Press Ctrl+U. The Drawing Units dialog box appears [Figure  6].

Figure  6

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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