Function Keys (Drafting Settings) Toggle Over-Ride

I know that the title for this post might be a little much, but I just wanted to call it what it is….

The “Drafting Settings” keys are especially useful when you learn the “Function keys” (ex. the buttons located above the numbers on your keyboard like F3 = OSNAP).

There are times when you may need to keep these on or off while drafting, and then you may need to turn one of these functions on temporarily. Instead of hitting the Funtion key to turn that tool on and then when you are finished, turning it back off… try holding down the Function key when needed. It will toggle this function key either on or off depending on whether or not it is currently on or off.

To see what  Function keys are available:

  • Right click over any of the “Drafting Settings” buttons
  • Then hover over the “Display” flyout.
    • This is also how you can turn on or off some of these toggles. For example, if you never use the “SNAP” button and don’t want to see it. Simply uncheck it from this list…

Below: Example using F3 button

Below: Exmple using F11 button

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5 Responses to Function Keys (Drafting Settings) Toggle Over-Ride

  1. matt says:

    You can also hold down SHIFT to toggle ortho

  2. Max says:

    Does object snap tracking command works for any angle or just at 0 and 90 degrees? I can see Object tracking is set at any angle. But how to set Osnap tracking at any angle or are Otrack and Osnap tracking are same commands? Cheers.

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      This brings up a good point. I think that I will do a post on this. I have an older post on this but it isn’t as indepth or clarifies as much as I would like.
      OTRACK & POLAR Tracking sometimes get confused with each other.
      OTRACK:
      OTRACK depends on the ONSAPs that you have turned on. So if you have just end points turned with OTRACK turned on, you can hover over (up to) seven endpoints and it is where the intersection of those end points are is the resultant point.
      If you can’t seem to get the angles that you want, you should align your UCS icon to an angle and then use OTRACK
      POLAR:
      Polar Tracking is where you can define your own angles. There are default angles and there is the ability to make your own angle like 10.5.

      I hope this helps. I would suggest changing your UCS angle http://autocadtips1.com/2011/02/22/rotating-your-ucs/

  3. fremapple3 says:

    From Max:
    I use Otracking for drawing lines at any angle. Are Otracking and Object Snap tracking same commands? If not, can we set OSnap tracking at any angle other that 0 and 90 deg? Cheers.

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