Quick Tip: Finding the Settings for Variables

November 12th, 2013

Variables come in two flavors (if you don’t count those that are ‘Read Only’):  Those that are saved in the Drawing, and those that are saved in the Registry.  For example, the variable CURSORSIZE is saved in the Registry.  The variable TEXTSIZE is saved by Drawing.

But what about the less obvious ones?  Did you know the OSMODE variable—a Registry setting—stores a bitcode that represents the combination of Osnaps you have set?  We’ll actually be covering that tidbit in my 90-minute Lab at Autodesk University this year: Click My Ride: Customizing Autodesk® AutoCAD® for How You Work.

System Variables Editor

On the Express Tools tab >Tools panel, click System Variables.

There’s a field at the top that acts as a search feature and that accepts wildcard characters of ? for a single character and * for everything before and after.  Enter  *MODE* to find every variable with the word ‘MODE’ in it.

A bonus feature is the ability to Save All the variables to a .SVF file that you can then Read into another system.  Love this thing.

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Michael E. Beall (B. Arch.) is an Autodesk Authorized Author and the owner of CAD Trainer Guy, LLC. He has been presenting onsite CAD training around the planet for more than 30 years. Contact him at michael.beall@cadtrainer.guy or give him a call at 502.500.2267.


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