About Switching Between Dialog Boxes and the Command Line

 
 
 

If you use scripts, you can run a command by displaying prompts on the command line instead of using a dialog box.

Some functions are available both on the command line and in a dialog box. In many cases, you can enter a hyphen before the command to restrict the dialog box and display prompts to the command line instead. For example, entering layer on the command line displays the Layer Properties Manager. Entering -layer on the command line displays the equivalent command line options. Suppressing the dialog box is useful for compatibility with earlier versions of AutoCAD-based applications and for using script files. There may be slight differences between the options in the dialog box and those available on the command line.

These system variables also affect the display of dialog boxes:

FILEDIA and EXPERT are useful when you use scripts to run commands.