Some commands produce information that requires a Text window. This frequently happens when you are trying to get information about your drawing. The following exercise shows how you can go an enlarged view of messages in a Text window.
1. Click the List tool in the Standard toolbar. (It’s the icon that looks like a piece of paper with writing on it. Remember that it is in the Distance fly out tool.) This tool offers information about objects in your drawing.
2. At the Select objects: prompt, click one of the arcs and press ↵. Information about the arc is displayed in the AutoCAD Text window. Toward the bottom is the list of the arc’s properties. Don’t worry if you don’t understand this listing. As you work through this book, you’ll learn what the different properties of an object mean.
3. Press F2. The AutoCAD Text window closes.
The Text window not only shows you information about objects, it also displays a history of the command activity for your AutoCAD session. This can be helpful for remembering data you may have entered earlier in a session, or for recalling an object’s property that you have listed earlier. The scroll bar to the right of the Text window lets you scroll to earlier events. You can even set the number of lines AutoCAD retains in the Text window using the Preferences dialog box, or you can have AutoCAD record the Text window information in a text file.
4. Now you are done with the door drawing, so choose File >- Close.
5. At the Save Changes dialog box, click the No button. (You’ve already saved this file in the condition you want it in, so you do not need to save it again.)