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Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

The computer mouse has an important role in AutoCAD. There are three essential parts of a mouse, namely, the left button, right button, and a scroll wheel.

The image of a mouse displaying its three basic parts is shown in the given image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

The above image displays the role of each part of a mouse.

Let's discuss the role of each part in detail.

Scroll Button

The scroll button in AutoCAD performs two functions, which are given below:

1. ZOOM

When we scroll up the button, it 'zoom out' the screen. When we scroll down the button, it 'zoom in' the screen.

We can also perform this task by using other commands.

There are two ways to perform this task using the commands, which are discussed below:

a. Right-click on the drawing screen of the AutoCAD. A box will appear as the given image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

Select the Zoom option as marked in the above image.

The zoom button Mouse Controls in AutoCAD will appear on the screen. We need to continue press the left button of the mouse and drag up to zoom in and drag down to zoom out.

b. The second option is to select the ZOOM option given on the navigation bar, as shown in the below image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

Click on the small arrow below the zoom button on the navigation bar. A box will appear as shown in the below image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

You can select any option according to the requirements. The more you click on the button, the more you zoom.

2. PAN

To implement PAN using the mouse, we need to press and hold the scroll wheel and then drag. Some mouse comes with a center button allowing Panning without pressing the scroll wheel. The example of such type of mouse is CadMouse.

The PAN Button on the screen will appear as the given image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

When we select the area to PAN and drag, the symbol appears as the given image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

We can also control the Panning through the PAN Button on the navigation bar, which will look like the below image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

After selecting the symbol, we need to click on the area to PAN, click on the left mouse button, and drag it to a suitable area or space according to the requirements.

We can also select the PAN option by right-clicking on the screen of AutoCAD.

Left Button

The left button of a mouse in AutoCAD plays the most important role from selecting the object to the completion of a drawing.

In every step of creating either 2D or 3D drawings or models, the role of the left button will be the prior option.

Right Button

The right button of the mouse in AutoCAD is used for customization; to increase drawing productivity. The right button is also used as a shortcut menu.

Let's understand with an example.

When we right-click on the screen of the AutoCAD, a dialogue box opens as shown in the given image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

The 'Options...' is widely used in the 2D and 3D drawings or models in AutoCAD.

After selecting, a dialogue box appears as shown in the below image:

Mouse Controls in AutoCAD

The categories under the 'Options...' display the various profiles, which will be used further for multiple purposes.

The other purposes related to the right-click are discussed below:

a) We can change the customization setting of Time-sensitive right-click.

We can use this method to set a quick click equal to the 'Enter'.

If we right-click quickly before the 250 milliseconds duration, it works equivalent to pressing Enter. If we take longer time, then it will open the shortcut menu.

The steps to change such setting are listed below:

  • Click on the Application menu on the top left corner shown as. Mouse Controls in AutoCAD
  • Select the 'Options' at the bottom of the box. A dialogue box will appear as the given image:
Mouse Controls in AutoCAD
  • Select the 'User Preferences' and click on the option 'Right-click Customization…' as shown in the above image. A dialogue box will appear as the below image:
Mouse Controls in AutoCAD
  • You can turn on the setting according to the requirements. The default time is 250 milliseconds.
  • Click on 'Apply & Close'.

b) We can also turn off the shortcut menus in the drawing area.

The steps are listed below:

  • Click on the Application menu on the top left corner shown as.
  • In the dialogue box click on 'Options' , then select the 'User Preferences' and clear the shortcut menus in the drawing area as shown in the below image:
Mouse Controls in AutoCAD
  • Click on, OK.





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