AutoCAD Common Shortcuts for BLOCKS

AutoCAD shortcuts for blocks


  1. Create a new block on layer 0 so that the block will use the layer and properties of the current layer it is inserted on. Text can be set to colour white.
  2. Set ATTDIA to 1 to use dialog box with block attributes or 0 to use command line.
  3. AutoCAD 2006 allows you to change the insertion point on the fly. INSERT and select BASEPOINT. This allows you to pick anywhere in the drawing (and anywhere in the block you are inserting) as your new insertion point (basepoint).
ATT ATTDEF Opens attribute definition dialogue box
ATTEDIT ATTEDIT Edit attribute values for a specific block
B BLOCK Opens block dialogue box in order to make a block
BATTMAN BATTMAN Opens block attribute manager
BATTORDER BATTORDER Displays attribute order dialogue box
BC BCLOSE Closes the block editor
BCOUNT BCOUNT Counts the blocks in a drawing
BE BEDIT Opens the edit block definition dialogue box
EATTEXT EATTEXT Enhanced attribute extraction wizard to count blocks
GATTE GATTE Global attribute edit of multiple blocks
I INSERT Opens insert dialogue to insert a block
-I INSERT Insert a block by name
MINSERT MINSERT Insert block in rectangular array
REFEDIT REFEDIT Edit a block reference in place
REN RENAME Opens rename dialogue box to rename blocks, layers, etc
W WBLOCK Write a block – for use in other drawings
XLIST XLIST Lists type/block name/layer name/color/linetype of a nested object in a block or an xref