Draw Order Shortcuts! (Bring to Front and Send to Back)

Two of the most commonly used commands by me are Bring to Front and Send to Back. This is because our drawings often times are overcrowded and they can become hard for understanding. By using display settings we can make our drawings more readable and professional looking.

The problem with this commands is that there is no keyboard shortcut for them. So every time I wanted to use one of them I had to right-click with the mouse and select the desired command. For a long time, I was trying to create some kind of shortcut by using custom alias. Or by trying to create a macro that will give me the same functionality, however, I was unsuccessful.

Solution – Draw Order Shortcuts

The Solution I found comes again in a form of Lisp. It is shared by lpseifert@ and gives us just the functionality we have always wanted – a keyboard shortcut for Bring to Front (DF) and Send to Back (DB). 

To use the lisp you will have to go through these simple steps.

  1. First, download the lisp from here.
  2. Load the application by typing APPLOAD and choose the lisp file you’ve just downloaded.
  3. Now you can use the commands DF for Bring to Front and DB for Send to Back.

If you want to have your new keyboard shortcuts ready for use every time you start your AutoCAD, you will have to add this lisp to the suit package. This can be done by fallowing another few steps:

  1. Type in the command line APPLOAD in order to open Load/Unload Applications window.
  2. Now click on Contents… under Startup Suite.
  3. A window will pop out called Startup Suite. Click on Add… button and choose the lisp you want to add.
  4. After choosing the lisp click Close.

That’s all. From now on everytime you start your Autodesk product, the lisp will be automatically loaded.

Note: Don’t add lisps that you use rarely in the Startup Suite because this can slow down your drawings.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 5 / 5. Vote count: 5

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Leave a Reply