Macros – Basics

In order to create custom commands and then assign them to a button in AutoCAD you will need to create a MACRO. This is so for all buttons, even those that call a LISP or OBJECTARX piece of code.

The MACRO is basically a list of the inputs on the command line listed out in one line.

A simple MACRO would look like this:

^C^Cplot;

This if turned placed in a button would bring up the plot dialog box.

The ^C^C is the code for pressing “escape” twice. This clears any active commands in case one is running.

The ; is the representation of enter. Any number of commands can be strung together into one MACRO.

MACROs also allow for input for selecting objects and this is written with a space and then a backslash.

I will be running through several of my custom commands to show how they are put together.

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