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Microstation how to key in commands

Where is key in in MicroStation?

Go to Help>Contents pull-down menu. Once the help menu options click on "MicroStation V8i Help Keyin-in Index". This will bring up the key-in index dialog with a listing of all MicroStation key-ins. Key-in can also be searched on by using the "Find" field.

How do I open the command window in MicroStation V8i?

We use the Microstation V8i Command Window (MS_USECOMMANDWINDOW) for typing commands. We could turn it on under Workspace/Configuration/Operation/Use Command Window & set the value to 1.

How do I use shortcuts in MicroStation connect?

  1. Go to File>Settings>User>Preferences>Position Mapping.
  2. Enable the box: Use Position Mapping.
  3. Under Attribute & Primary change AS into TD.
  4. Under Tasks & Ribbon change QWERTDFGZXCV into QWERASFGZXCVB.
  5. Click OK, save settings (CTRL+f), and fully close/reopen the application for changes to propagate.

How do you select an element in MicroStation?

If you hold down the ctrl key, you can select as many elements as you'd like and if you still use the ctrl key, you can even select a selected element to deselect it. That's a quick and easy way to select and deselect elements without having to mess with any of those icons in the Tool Settings dialogue.

What is MicroStation J?

MicroStation is a CAD software platform for two- and three-dimensional design and drafting, developed and sold by Bentley Systems and used in the architectural and engineering industries. It generates 2D/3D vector graphics objects and elements and includes building information modeling (BIM) features.

How do I stop a command in MicroStation?

Go to, Workspace > Preferences > Category: Input. Uncheck the option "Allow ESC key to stop current command"

What is line snapping?

Definitions of snap line. a chalked string used in the building trades to make a straight line on a vertical surface. synonyms: chalk line, snapline.

What is snap to object?

The Snap to Object feature makes it easier to align diagram elements with neighboring elements in the diagram. When you move or resize an element, it jumps to line up with the closest element. This can be used for top/bottom, right/left, and center alignment.

How do you get to a CLI window?

Opening: Windows Go to Start menu → Windows System → Command Prompt. Go to Start menu → All Programs → Accessories → Command Prompt. Go to the Start screen, hover your mouse in the lower-left corner of the screen, and click the down arrow that appears (on a touch screen, instead flick up from the bottom of the screen).

What is Open command line?

The quickest way to open a Command Prompt window is through the Power User Menu, which you can access by right-clicking the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen, or with the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + X. It'll appear in the menu twice: Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin).

How do I open a command line session?

  1. Select Start > Programs > PuTTY > PuTTY. The PuTTY Configuration window opens.
  2. Select the name of your saved PuTTY session and click Load.
  3. Click Open.
  4. Type the username in the login as field and press Enter.

How do I change hotkeys?

Use a mouse to assign or remove a keyboard shortcut Go to File > Options > Customize Ribbon. At the bottom of the Customize the Ribbon and keyboard shortcuts pane, select Customize. In the Save changes in box, select the current document name or template that you want to save the keyboard shortcut changes in.

How do I use AutoCAD commands in MicroStation?

  1. Enter the DWG prefix, then the AutoCAD command.
  2. Enter the command prefix as defined by the configuration variable MS_DWG_COMMANDPREFIX, then the AutoCAD command.
  3. Enter the command prefix, then a command alias as defined in a PGP file.

How do I change function keys in MicroStation?

Start Microstation, then open the Workspace menu and select Function Keys. In the Functions Keys Dialog, open your fkey. mnu and edit it to your preferences. Save and exit.

How do you select a specific element?

The CSS id Selector The id selector uses the id attribute of an HTML element to select a specific element. The id of an element is unique within a page, so the id selector is used to select one unique element! To select an element with a specific id, write a hash (#) character, followed by the id of the element.

How do you select an element by name?

Method 1: Using the name selector method The name attribute selector can be used to select an element by its name. This selector selects elements that have the value exactly equal to the specified value. Example: This example illustrates the use of the name selector method to select the specific element.

What is element selection tool?

Used to select and deselect elements for modification or manipulation. The set of selected elements is called the selection set . You can access this tool from the following: Ribbon: Drawing > Home > Selection.

What command is Ctrl F?

"Control+F" (or "Command+F" on a Mac) is the keyboard shortcut for the Find command. If you're in a document or in a web browser, pressing the Ctrl key + the F key will bring up a search box in the top right corner of the screen.

What is Ctrl E?

Ctrl+E in an Internet browser In Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer, Ctrl + E focuses on the address bar, search bar, or omnibox. Using this shortcut can be helpful when you're done browsing the current page and want to type in a new address or search for something else without using the mouse.

What is Ctrl F2?

Ctrl F1 Select all items on screen. Ctrl F2 Deselect all items on screen.


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Comment by Sherwood Eberst

now this part is really cool and that is microstation itself over the years has only has only has had two different stuff dgn formats that's it but if you're an autocad user you probably know you've had quite a few microstation tries to keep up on that or bentley i should say tries to keep up on on it we now have real dwg 2021 into 15.2 um microstation connect edition we also have enhanced the dwg kians we added a lot more autocad commands to microstation because we do realize a lot of folks came from autocad and that's what they're used to they don't want to have to go find where the you know dimension styles are in microstation they just want to key in dim style and have it open up or maybe they're used to a pgp file and they can just key in things so i want to show that to you actually i'm going to open up the um there it is i docked it down here let me pull that up onto the screen we leave it docked if we want it to look a little more like autocad but i'm going to leave it on the middle of the screen so you all can see it is that i mentioned dim style if i put dwg in front of an autocad key in you know like dim style and run it it launches the equivalent in microstation so if you're an autocad user and you're more comfortable talking in terms of that you can preference those type of things with dwg you also might have for years been using an autocad pgp file the pgp file has a lot of shortcut cans and in microstation you can use those in fact you can point microstation to an autocad pgp file which is what i have going on here i can type in aaa and what does that do well if you've been using autocad for a little while you'll know that that aaa launches the measure area tool okay well the equivalent let's put it that way but this is the equivalent in microstation so when i type in slash aaa or i was to type in a for placing an arc or you know ar for array you can see the different tools change or uh cha for chamfer maybe i don't know where it is in microstation you know i don't know what the tool is you know that i need to use on modify look and i don't really see it all i see is that and i just need the chamfer tool so there it is okay again this is from that pgp file and in fact they're part of help uh i think i had it up and running part of help are are enlisted in help or all the supported autocad commands so if you take a look you can see here's the autocad command there's the autocad shortcut and what the corresponding keying in microstation so again if you were to just key in uh slash al or you were to key in dwg a line it will automatically launch this microstation command so there's a whole bunch of them and bentley has enhanced these you know quite a bit okay so not only the pgp file but all the dwg commands as well if you found this video helpful please give it a like if you want to see more such series consider subscribing to our channel thank you and see you next time


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- Johnnie Grills, Staff Member


Comment by Hank

have you ever wanted to view configuration variable information but did not want to run a microstation debug you can access detailed configuration information quickly and easily from within microstation and while it would be possible to open the configuration variables dialog locate and verify each desired variable but this would be a tedious process if there were more than just a couple of variables also the microstation configuration variables dialog by default does not show hidden variables as an alternate to running a microstation debug the key in show configuration can provide basic configuration information from within the microstation application this can be used to quickly verify the current value of various configuration variables such as ms under barcell ms underbar dgn liblist msnbar seed files and more to use the show configuration key in from within microstation open the key in window in the drawing workflow this can be done within the ribbon from the home tab in the primary ribbon group by clicking key in opening the key in window from here input the desired key in show configuration and press enter on the keyboard to invoke that key in a text file is generated and displayed within your default text editor extensive configuration information is available including the public variables many of which start with ms underscore that are visible from within microstation along with the hidden variables as well these variables typically start with underbar ustn under bar this file may then be saved if desired to the location of your choosing if you found this video helpful please give it a like if you want to see more such series consider subscribing to our channel thank you and see you next time


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