Little Known CAD Commands That Rock, Part 3

Each month in the Little Known CAD Commands That Rock series, I highlight some underused commands that I think have some pretty cool uses. Last month I talked about DIESEL Expressions, BLOCKREPLACE, and OVERKILL.

In Part 3 of this series, I am going to discuss a few commands and settings that I think can be useful. Some of the things that I will discuss will be more useful in vertical products such as Civil 3D than they will be in vanilla AutoCAD, but I will be sure to point out which ones are meant for all and which ones are meant for vertical products.


The first command that I will discuss can be used in all AutoCAD-based products. This command sounds more like a video game, but it really is a command–I promise. The command is TSPACEINVADERS. What in the world is that!? The good news is that it won’t be attacking the Infrastructure Universe or anything else for that matter! This command can be useful in cleaning up your drawings for presentation purposes. It will select any text objects that overlap other AutoCAD objects and put them in a selection set for you. Check out the video below to see how to use this command.

Command #9: Override Glyphs

The next topic I will discuss is specific to Civil 3D, so, I apologize in advance to those not using Civil 3D. This command is more of a toggle, but I think there are people that will absolutely love this. If you are using Civil 3D 2018 and have installed the 2018.1 update, you will be able to use this command. What I am talking about is the Override Glyph option. Check out the video below to see how you can toggle these on and off.

Command #10: Overlapping Viewports

The last topic I will discuss is dealing with viewports that are on top of other viewports. Have you ever had to deal with trying to get into a viewport that is on top of another viewport and it has caused you fits? Check out the video below to learn how to deal with this.

So that’s it for part 3 of this series. Be sure to check back for the upcoming installments of this series as I will continue to discuss more commands that you might find useful.

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