2.10 The context menu

 

The context menu is very common in any program. It appears pointing to a certain object and pressing the right mouse button and it is called “contextual” because the options it presents depend both on the object indicated with the cursor, and on the process or command being performed. Observe in the following video the difference between contextual menus when clicking on the drawing area and when pressing with a selected object.

In the case of Autocad, the latter is very clear, since it can be combined very well with the interaction with the command line window. In the creation of circles, for example, you can press the right mouse button to obtain the options corresponding to each step of the command.

Therefore, we can affirm that, once a command has been initiated, the right mouse button can be pressed and what we will see in the context menu are all the options of that same command, as well as the possibility of canceling or accepting (with the option “ Enter ”) the default option.

This is a convenient, even elegant, way to choose without pressing the letter of the option in the command line window.

The reader should explore the possibilities of the contextual menu and add it to their work alternatives with Autocad. Maybe it becomes your main option before typing something in the command line. Maybe, on the other hand, it does not suit you to use it at all, that will depend on your practice when drawing. What is remarkable here is that the contextual menu offers us the available options according to the activity we are doing.

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