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ZWCAD MENUS and Shortcut Menus

May 20, 2011


You can use any of the option on the Menus from the menu bar at the top of the ZWCAD drawing area. Choose one of the following methods to use a menu:

  • On the menu bar, click a menu name to display a list of options. To select a menu option, either click the option you want or use the DOWN ARROW to move down the list, and then press ENTER.

  • Press ALT and press the key for the underlined letter in the menu name; then, press the underlined letter in the option name. For example, to open a new drawing, press ALT and press F to open the File menu; then, press N for New.

You can create a new menu with the path you specified (for example, a customized menu) in the Options dialog box, Files tab.

Shortcut Menus

     Shortcut menus provide quick access to specific commands. A shortcut menu displays when you right click an object, toolbar, status bar, the Model tab name, or a Layout tab name. The selections presented in the shortcut menu depend on what you clicked.

      When you right click a toolbar, the program displays a shortcut menu that lets you toggle the command bar, status bar, and various toolbars on and off. If you select one or more objects and then right click, the program displays a shortcut menu from which you can choose a command to modify the selected objects.

     To quickly access the relevant commands currently performed, you can right click on different area on the drawing window to display different shortcut menu, with the shortcut menu you can speed up the access.

If you have entered commands or system variables, right click on the command line to perform the command or system variable automatically, without displaying the shortcut menu.

     To display a short cut menu from which you can choose an object snap and track, press and hold down the Shift key, and then right click anywhere within the drawing window.

You can use +CUSTOMIZE command to customize the menus from the Customize dialog box.

Recent Input

     "Recent Input" option is used for recording the recent manipulations, from the Recent Input list on right click menu, you can view the latest manipulations as well as the previous command options, and also manipulate commands by directly selecting from the recent input list. System variable INPUTHISTORYMODE is used for controlling its content, value from 0 to 15. If INPUTHISTORYMODE is set to 0, you cannot see the Recent Input option on right click menu, thus you can't view the latest input; if you set the INPUTHISTORYMODE to a value within 0-15, latest input records are displayed orderly. System variable CMDINPUTHISTORYMAX is used for controlling how many items to be displayed in the Recent Input menu option. You can set the value from 0 to 20, generally use the maximum as 20. Any value that is smaller than the maximum determines the number of items to be displayed on the right click menu.

      The contents displayed in the Recent Input menu option differs under various circumstances. For example, right click on the screen if there is no manipulation currently used, the latest commands ever manipulated will be displayed by the latest precedence orders. When right click in the process of a certain command, Recent Input displays items specific to the current manipulation such as coordinates, angle, length or relevant keyword. In case that current manipulation is not relative to any of the recent input, Recent Input option will not displayed on right click menu.

Command Reference

COPYCLIP: Copies objects to the Clipboard

COPYHIST: Copies the text in the command line history to the Clipboard

CUTCLIP: Copies objects to the Clipboard and removes the objects from the drawing

GROUPUNNAME: Creates unnamed group.

MENULOAD: Loads partial menu files

MENUUNLOAD: Unloads partial menu files

OPTIONS: Customizes the ZWCAD settings

OSNAP: Sets running object snap modes

PAN: Moves the view in the current viewport

PASTECLIP: Inserts data from the Clipboard

PROPERTIES: Controls properties of existing objects

TRAYSETTINGS: Controls the display of icons and notifications in the status bar tray

U: Reverses the most recent operation

UNGROUP: Cancels grouping for entities.

ZOOM: Increases or decreases the apparent size of objects in the current viewport

System Variables Reference

PICKFIRST: Controls whether you select objects before (noun-verb selection) or after you issue a command

SHORTCUTMENU: Controls whether Default, Edit, and Command mode shortcut menus are available in the drawing area

TRAYICONS: Controls whether a tray is displayed on the status bar

TRAYNOTIFY: Controls whether service notifications are displayed in the status bar tray

TRAYTIMEOUT: Controls the length of time (in seconds) that service notifications are displayed

INPUTHISTORYMODE: Controls what to be displayed in recent input option on right click menu.

CMDINPUTHISTORYMAX: Setup maximum of recent input history in command line.

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