AutoCAD Troubleshooting: Typing Commands (Aliases) Too Fast Opens An Incorrect Command. Why?

When I type commands quickly (using aliases) sometimes the incorrect command is executed? Why?...


If you primarily use the command line to enter commands (or a combination of keyboard and mouse to enter commands), you have likely noticed that on occasion an incorrect command (commands with similar aliases) was executed in-place of what you expected. For users that routinely enter commands from the keyboard, the lag/delay of AutoCorrect/AutoComplete can prove frustrating (vs. ribbon/menu selection).

To start the COPY command (alias CO for Copy), type CO in the command line and either press Enter (or alternatively, Right-Click to start the command).

If the user enters the text too quickly, the software may not acknowledge all keystrokes. For example, the software will noticed the C but not the O keystroke, thus starting the CIRCLE command (alias C for Circle) instead.


Enter the command INPUTSEARCHOPTIONS which lets the user adjust the list delay time (default is 300 milliseconds). The value can be adjusted up to a maximum delay of 5000 (5 seconds).

For users that are fast-typists, setting the delay to 700 milliseconds tends to resolve the input lag issue. You can set the value higher, however that may cause too much of a delay. Adjust to suit your input speed.

Alternatively, you can disable the feature for certain commands by toggling off the respective checkbox.

For more information, refer to the Autodesk Knowledge Network article on INPUTSEARCHOPTIONSCLICK HERE.