AutoCAD List of Command Aliases and Shortcut Keys

Today’s tip is simply a link to an excellent AutoCAD alias and shortcut reference guide provided by Autodesk & The AutoCAD team.

The link is found here:

I highly recommend learning command aliases like using XR in the command line instead of XREF or W instead of WBLOCK.

Note: There are many other useful examples in the linked resource. So don’t get overwhelmed or try to memorize all of them. If I could make a suggestion, skim the list of aliases or hot keys for the commands or tools that you use the most in your daily drafting routines and make a note of a few of them and try to utilize a couple one day at a time.

One more thing to note is that these are the default (out of the box) shortcuts and command aliases. Once you are comfortable with some of these default shortcuts you might realize that there are some default aliases that since they are assigned to an existing command. Luckily you can easily create brand new aliases and assign them to a command or you can assign an unused alias to a command.

A couple of examples of custom aliases that I use are CC = COPY, RR = ROTATE, SS = SELECTSIMILAR.

These aliases can be edited in the “Alias Editor” which appends the acad.pgp file.

For more help in running the ALIASEDIT command, refer to this previous post:



Thank you to the AutoCAD team for making this list of shortcuts & aliases available in such an easy and thorough format.



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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11 Responses to AutoCAD List of Command Aliases and Shortcut Keys

  1. Donna says:

    Greg, I’m a novice but have been hand drawing my buildings for 30 years. Recently got autocad 2015. Question is when I use the DIVIDE command and have my points on the line, I am not able to snap to the points, could you please help? Thank you.

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Sure thing/
      You can either use the following link that shows how to ise the right-click menu while you are in the middle of a command and temporarily set the object snap (OSNAP) to “Node” or while you are in the command you can type in NOD to achieve the same thing…
      If you need to snap to points a lot, this process could get annoying so you can simply select the Node object snap so that it is continually running.

  2. donna says:

    Thank you so much, your expertise is invaluable!

  3. piyush hiran says:

    can i get autocad claasic on mac? on any version of autocad?

  4. Pingback: AutoCAD for MAC Hot Keys & Command Aliases | AutoCAD Tips

  5. Pierre says:

    Hi I’m a student learning about AutoCad in my class and am wondering what the @ symbol means. FoFor example this question asks
    How long will line from 1,4 to @4<5 be?

  6. Thanks for sharing an awesome list of commands and shortcut keys. Your list will help our students who are just fresher in autocad. I have shared your sites to many students.

    Keep sharing your knowledge on autocad Tip.

  7. sneha says:

    I am unable to draw lines betwwn rectangle. It always starts from the end point of rectangle.
    What to do????

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