Visual LISP User Interface Reference (Visual LISP IDE)


The Visual LISP user interface contains many elements common to other Windows applications.

NoteThe Visual LISP IDE is available on Windows only.

The components of the Visual LISP user interface that are displayed by default are:

Menu Bar

Displayed along the top of the Visual LISP window and provides access to all of the available editing, viewing, and debugging tools for working on AutoLISP and DCL project files.


Docked windows that provide quick access to commonly used tools. You can execute many, but not all, menu tools from the toolbars.

Console Window

Visual LISP’s version of the AutoCAD Command prompt. You can enter AutoLISP expressions and evaluate them directly from Visual LISP, or issue Visual LISP commands instead of using the menu or toolbars.

Trace Window

Informational message window that is displayed in a minimized state at startup. The messages displayed contain information about the current release of Visual LISP, and any errors encountered during startup.

Status Bar

Displayed along the bottom of the Visual LISP window and provides contextual information based on the current task being performed.

TipPlace the mouse pointer over a menu item or toolbar button to learn more about the tool. A description of the tool is displayed in the status bar or a tooltip.