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By Martin Phelps

The majority of new AutoCAD users tend to select commands via the icons however, the more long term user may use a number of key board short cuts or key combinations, listed below are the control (CTRL) key combos some are commonly known and some are not so. These are also on the CADline Community web site, but with a bit more detail.

CTRL+1                  Properties Palette on / off
CTRL+2                  DesignCenter Palette on / off
CTRL+3                  Tool Palette on / off
CTRL+4                  Sheet Set Manager Palette on / off
CTRL+5                  (No current action) used to be Info box
CTRL+6                  DBConnect Manager on /off
CTRL+7                  Markup Set Manager Palette on / off
CTRL+8                  Quick Calculator on / off
CTRL+9                  Close Restore Command line
CTRL+0                  Clear Screen on / off

CTRL+A                 Selects all objects in drawing except those on a frozen layer
CTRL+B                 Toggles Snap on / off
CTRL+C                 Copies objects to the Clipboard
CTRL+SHIFT+C      Copies objects to the Clipboard with  a Base Point
CTRL+D                 Toggles Dynamic UCS on / off
CTRL+E                  Cycles through isometric planes top, left and right
CTRL+F                  Toggles running Object Snaps on / off
CTRL+G                 Toggles Grid on /off
CTRL+H                  Toggles PICKSTYLE on /off
CTRL+J                   Activates last command
CTRL+K                  Executes Hyperlink command
CTRL+L                  Toggles Ortho on / off
CTRL+M                 (No current action)
CTRL+N                 Creates a new drawing
CTRL+O                 Opens an existing drawing
CTRL+P                  Prints current drawing
CTRL+Q                 Exits AutoCAD
CTRL+R                 Cycles layout viewports (Great tip)
CTRL+S                  Saves current drawing
CTRL+SHIFT+S      Save as (save current file as)
CTRL+T                  Toggles the Tablet on /off
CTRL+V                  Pastes objects or data from Clipboard
CTRL+SHIFT+V      Pastes objects or data from Clipboard as Block
CTRL+X                  Cuts objects to Clipboard
CTRL+Y                  Redo
CTRL+Z                  Undo
CTRL+[                   Cancels current command (but why not just use escape key)
CTRL+\                   Cancels current command (but why not just use escape key)