Civil 3D Command Line Autocomplete

When you use the Command Line or Dynamic Input Cursor sometimes a wonderful thing happens, the application makes suggestions of commands,  or variables, a pull-down list or icons may even appear. What if you want to change how these suggestions behave and what is shown. Maybe even get rid of the pull-down list or suggestions all together?

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AUTOCOMPLETEMODE is the system variable that control this. The setting is stored as a bitcode using the sum of the following values:

0          Turns off all automated keyboard features when typing at the Command prompt

1          Turns on any automated keyboard features when typing at the Command prompt

2          Automatically appends suggestions as each keystroke is entered after the third keystroke

4          Displays a list of suggestions as keystrokes are entered

8          Displays the icon of the command or system variable, if available

16        Excludes the display of system variables

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Now, for those of us that are sometimes bitmode challenged and prefer a simple text prompt interface, you can use the AUTOCOMPLETE.  As you can see when you type this at the command line (Figure 3) you get a friendly textual prompt and when using Dynamic input you get a Listbox. (Figure 4)

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A good practice when typing mostly commands, especially when using dynamic input is to turn Off the List option (Figure 5-6) and the System Variable options (Figure 7-8), which will set the “Autocompletemode” to 27.

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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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