Saturday, September 1, 2007

OPEN command and options

  1. When you start OPEN command, a pop-up appears that shows you the current folder and highlights the current file you have open along with the list of other files and folders. If you've lost that ability to display the highlight of the current file, it's because you've changed (or never set) Windows Explorer properly in Windows.
    In Windows Explorer, Click on Tools pulldown menu, Select Folder Options, Click on the View tab, Scroll down the list and uncheck the box labeled Hide Extensions for known file types.

  2. You start OPEN command, and all you get is the command line asking you to type the full length address location and file name.
    To fix, change the setting of FILEDIA variable, explained in HELP in LT.

  3. You start OPEN command and nothing happens: LT acts like the command is running, but you have nothing on screen. You are able to cancel the command.
    Your pop-up may be off screen: start OPEN command, on the keyboard use the combination of ALT+SHIFT+M then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge it back to view (this is a Windows feature, you can use it to recover any lost pop-up in LT or other programs).
    You can also change the resolution of your monitor to lower settings, the layer manager will show up, move it to be centered, then change resolution back.
    If neither works, a reinstall of LT usually fixes it too.

  4. If you regularly go to certain folders while using LT, you can add those folders to the left side of the OPEN command pop-up Window. Simply right-click over the area and explore the choices presented. See image below:
  5. If you used VIEW command in your DWG files to save various views, OPEN command will let you open you file at that saved view (if you know what is it's name): this would be very useful if you turned on VIEW command's feature of controlling/setting layers. See Image below:
  6. You can use OPEN command to open a DWG file, a DXF file and your save DWT Template file(s): with the last option, the folder where you store your Template files is automatically accessed, this is identified in Options command>Files tab section. See image below:
  7. You can use the OPEN command's pop-up window to do regular Windows Explorer type functions, like renaming files, moving and deleting files, creating new folders, renaming folders and more.