Just about every Windows application you own—Word, Excel, Notepad, your browser—uses Ctrl+F to launch Find… except AutoCAD®. Hit Ctrl+F in AutoCAD and you get … <Osnap Off> <Osnap On>. Really? Because F3 wasn’t sufficient?
So let’s say we set Ctrl + F to be the Find command!
How to Assign the Find Command to Ctrl + F:
- Open the CUI dialog box by typing CUI at the command line.
- Under Customizations in All Files, scroll down and expand Partial Customization Files, then expand Custom. Now expand the Keyboard Shortcuts node.
- Under Command List, drag the Find command up into the Customizations pane and release it next to Shortcut Keys to add it to the listing. MEMO: If the recently added command does not initially appear in the Shortcuts pane over on the right, click OK out of the CUI, then re-open it and navigate back to the Keyboard Shortcuts node under Custom.
- In the Shortcuts pane, next to the Find command, click in the Keys column to display an edit box—turn off Caps Lock—then press Ctrl + F and press [Enter]. The Find command will now alphabetize in the list, and you should now see a green checkmark in the column preceding the Find command name.
- Click OK to close out of the CUI, then hit Ctrl + F to launch Find!
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