The New AutoCAD 2013 Command Line is no exception to those interface changes that happens every so often that make some of you cringe, but I think one you get used to it you’re going to like it better!
So let talk about what’s new with it… The first thing is by default it is floating and has only one line in it. But that does not mean that you cannot dock it, or see the prior input. It’s just different… so before you get all crazy… The good thing is it’s not a drastic change and you should see some familiar characteristics, like the Auto-complete and so on… but it now has some nice display and interactive features.
Auto Complete and Options are still the same, but they have added some new features. One of the first things you will notice is that the prior info is kind of a heads up display to the command line; The Lines of Prompt History, controls the number of lines displayed.
Another slight change is, like the prior versions you can press the F2 function key (or the up arrow at the far right of the command line) to display multiple lines above the command line; but you can display the classic window version by press Ctrl+F2.
When a command is running, the command name is always displayed on the command line. What I really like is the “Clickable options”, displayed in blue, offer easy access to options within the active command.
Additional enhancements to the command line interface in AutoCAD 2013 provide more consistent behavior for line breaking when responding to different types of input: Enter, space bar, and pick point. The command line window (including the F2 window) now supports only monospaced fonts. You can set the command line font from the Display tab of the Options dialog box.
New interface elements provide more flexibility and control over the color of the command line. You can access them using the Colors tool on the Display tab of the Options dialog box. Like all things, it takes a little bit to get used to, but once you do, I think you’ll like the change.