Creates a series of dimensions quickly from selected objects.
Dimensioning is one of the most time-consuming but vital drawing tasks for a designer. The new QDIM
command can greatly reduce this time and boost productivity significantly. QDIM enables you to create several dimensions with a simple selection of geometry. In many instances, the QDIM command can
substitute for a conventional dimensioning procedure, greatly reducing the number of screen picks
required to place dimensioning elements. QDIM supports the rapid creation of a number of dimensioning
modes including staggered, baseline, and ordinate among others. For example, to dimension the part below required just four mouse-clicks. And with the new Dimensioning Shortcut menu, an additional right-click provides elements such as the Dimension style or precision to be quickly changed.

Ribbon: Annotate tab > Dimensions panel > Quick Dimension
Menu: Dimension > Quick Dimension
Toolbar: Dimension

A shortcut menu allows quick access to commands that are relevant to the current

Shortcut menus are displayed with a right-click:
- within the drawing area with or without any objects selected
- within the drawing area during a command
- within the text and command windows
- within areas and on icons in Design Center
- on a toolbar, tool palette, model or layout tabs
- on the status bar or the status bar buttons.

Shortcut menus typically include options to:
- repeat the last command entered
- cancel the current command
- display a list of recent user input
- cut, copy, and paste from the Clipboard
- select a different command option
- undo the last command entered.

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  • First example – Line tool (Fig. 2.3)
    1. Open AutoCAD. The drawing area will show the settings of the acadiso.dwt template – Limits set to 420,297, Grid set to 10, Snap set to 5 and Units set to 0.
    2. Left-click on the Line tool at the top of the Draw toolbar (Fig. 2.1). Notes
    (a) The tooltip which appears when the tool icon is clicked.
    (b) The prompt Command:_line Specify first point which appears in the command window at the command line (Fig. 2.2).
    (c) The description of the action of the Line tool which appears at the left-hand end of the status bar (Fig. 2.2).
    3. Press the F6 key. The coordinate numbers at the left-hand end of the status bar either show clearly or grey out. Make sure the coordinate numbers show clearly (black) when F6 is pressed.
    4. Make sure Snap is on by pressing either the F9 key or the SNAP button in the status bar. Snap on will show in the Command palette.
    5. Move the mouse around the drawing area. The cursors’ pick box will jump from point to point at 5 unit intervals. The position of the pick box will show as coordinate numbers in the status bar.
    6. Move the mouse until the coordinate numbers show 60,240,0 and press the Pick button of the mouse (left-click).
    7. Move the mouse until the coordinate numbers show 260,240,0 and left-click.
    8. Move the mouse until the coordinate numbers show 260,110,0 and left-click.
    9. Move the mouse until the coordinate numbers show 60,110,0 and left-click.
    10. Move the mouse until the coordinate numbers show 60,240,0 and left-click. Then press the Return button of the mouse (rightclick).

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  • The FILLET command creates rounded corners, replacing part of two lines with an arc. Fillets are often
    used in mechanical drawings. In certain cases, you can use FILLET instead of the ARC command to create
    arcs. As with CHAMFER, you can fillet lines, xlines, rays, and polylines — they can even be parallel. You
    can also fillet circles, arcs, elliptical arcs, and ellipses.

    We can use the Fillet command to connect two objects quickly.
    Ribbon: Home tab> Modify panel> Fillet icon

    Type 'F' in the command will appear:
    Command: f
    From the Menu Bar select Modify> Fillet

    Current settings: Mode = TRIM, Radius = 0.0000
    Select first object or [Undo / polyline / Radius / Trim / Multiple]: type r

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