SPOOLCAD makes use of the AUTOCAD function key assignments to aid in its design of spool drawings. Some are automatically set within the routines, and others can be toggled on/off to suit each drafter’s preference.

Below is the basic list of function keys and their default assignments:

  • ESC          Cancels the current command
  • F1             Help key, goes to AutoCAD’s on-line help screen
  • F2            Opens the AutoCAD Text window
  • F3            OSNAP on/off toggle
  • F4            not used
  • F5            ISOplane toggle – Left/Right/Top
  • F6            not used
  • F7            Grid on/off toggle
  • F8            ORTHO on/off toggle
  • F9            SNAP on/off toggle
  • F10-12      not used

Other useful shortcuts include:

  • Ctrl-H     Group on/off toggle (used to edit symbols and attributes within components)
  • Ctrl-9     Command Line on/off toggle

Use these as needed to help draft/design the spool drawings. Some are used more than others, but they all have their purposes.

The function key toggles can also be found on the “tray” at the bottom of the screen as shown below:

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