Monday, April 30, 2007

Use CopyMode to change how the COPY command works in AutoCAD 2008

Many users wished that the COPY command just kept copying. When Autodesk granted that wish in AutoCAD 2005 many others complained. Now (a bit late) you can have it your way.

CopyMode system variable controls whether the COPY command repeats automatically or not.

0 Sets the COPY command to repeat automatically
1 Sets the COPY command to create a single copy

The value is saved in the registry in the current profile for the current user as seen below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R17.1\ACAD-6001:409\Profiles\<<Unnamed Profile>>\General\Copymode

The setting is also available from the COPY command as seen below:

Enter new value for COPYMODE <1>: 0

Command: COPY
Select objects: 1 found
Select objects:
Current settings: Copy mode = Multiple
Specify base point or [Displacement/mOde] <Displacement>: o
Enter a copy mode option [Single/Multiple] <Multiple>: s
Specify base point or [Displacement/mOde/Multiple] <Displacement>:
Specify displacement <0.0000, 0.0000, 0.0000>:

Enter new value for COPYMODE <1>:

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