DraftSight: Function Keys to Draft with Ease!

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Following last post highlighting the benefits of using Keyboard Shortcuts – today’s blog will be covering DraftSight commands that can be activated using Function keys.

Function Keys initiate useful features in just one click of your keyboard, enhancing your productivity and time efficiency. Likewise, many of them correlate with status bar icons, which is especially convenient, because they leave your mouse-hand free to continue your drafting flow with no interruptions.

These keys are located in the top row of your keyboard and are all labeled with an “F” followed by a number. They act as built in shortcut commands, so all you have to know is which key activates with which command.

Keep in mind that you may need to press the Fn key in unison with function keys in order to activate them in your DraftSight application.

So without further ado – here are the function keys and their designated commands:


The Esc key cancels your current command.

F1 displays online help and is equivalent to the Help command.

F2 shows and hides your command history in a separate command window, and is equivalent to the CommandHistory and HideCommandHistory commands.

F3 turns EntitySnaps on and off, and is equivalent to the EntitySnap and –EntitySnap commands.

F5 switches the isometric grid to the next isoplane and is equivalent to the IsometricGrid command.

F7 turns the grid display on and off and is equivalent to the Grid command.

F8 turns ortho mode on and off and is equivalent to the Ortho command.

F9 turns snap mode on and off and is equivalent to the Snap command.

F10 turns polar guides on and off.

F11 turns entity tracking on and off.

Ctrl + F4 exits the drawing but not the program and is equivalent to the Close command.

Lastly, Alt + F4 exits the program and is equivalent to the Exit command.


I hope this post encourages you start using Function Keys to speed up and enhance your drafting process!


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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