Set the Options Dialog to Specific Tab

Here is a quickie.

You can use this as a script or macro for a custom tool…

If you go to the OPTIONS dialog box often, you may want to open on a specific tab for whatever task you are doing.

Here’s how:

  • +OPTIONS <enter>
  • The default is <0> (zero) and if you simply hit <enter> again it will open the last tab that you were on. So if I want the Options dialog to open on the “Files” tab I would enter the following at the command line:
      1. +OPTIONS <enter>
      2. 0 <enter> (zero)

The thing to remember about this tip is to use the + (plus sign) at the beginning of the command….

Refer to the picture below that shows what tabs equal what number equals what tab.
Note that the Options dialog box shown below is from AutoCAD 2013


(See below for the many ways to open the OPTIONS dialog “the normal way”)

  • Right-click anywhere in the drawing area and select “Options”

Options 1

  • Click on the Application Menu (Big Red A)
  • Then click Options at the bottom of the menu

Options 2

  • Type in either OP <enter> or OPTIONS <enter> in the command line

Options 3


About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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3 Responses to Set the Options Dialog to Specific Tab

  1. Kent Cooper says:

    Oddly, I find that [at least back in my ol’ 2004 version] when I type +OPTIONS, the displayed “default” tab number is ALWAYS 0, regardless of what tab I last had open. If I hit Enter to “accept” that 0 default, as you say, it comes up in the tab I last had open, and not in the tab number displayed as the default (unless, by chance, that WAS the last one). If I explicitly TYPE IN a 0 instead of Enter, it does go to the Files tab (and similarly for any tab number typed in). So be aware that the displayed “default” value is meaningless, unless that’s been fixed in later versions (but it doesn’t sound like it, from your description).

  2. matt says:

    The Options dialog has several other commands that work with it as well. PREFERENCES works similar to the OPTIONS command. CONFIG will always open to the Plot and Publish tab.

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Thanks Matt – those are good to know. It seems weird that “PREFERENCES” opens the “Display” tab when there is a “User Preferences” tab. The command DISPLAY isn’t being used…

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