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Using the LIST Command to Detect a Block

Much like the Properties palette, the LIST command can be used to gather
information about a selected object. Although both are effective tools for reporting information about objects in a drawing, the LIST command displays only information. Unlike in the Properties palette, you cannot make changes to properties such as the layer. Despite this limitation, many users like the lightweight and concise nature of the LIST command and prefer it to the Properties palette.
The following exercise demonstrates how to use the LIST command to learn
more about a block:
1. Continue using I07-03-InteriorDoor.dwg (M07-03-InteriorDoor
.dwg), or open it if it’s not already open.
2. Click the List button from the Home tab ➢ expanded Properties
panel, or enter LI↵ at the Type a command prompt.
3. Click the back door block and then press ↵.
The AutoCAD command line temporarily expands to cover the
drawing area (see Figure 7.19). In the command-line interface, you
can see the words BLOCK REFERENCE Layer: “A-DOOR”, followed by
12 lines of text. These 13 lines describe the block you selected.

Using the LIST Command to Detect a Block 1
F igu re 7 . 1 9 : The expanded AutoCAD command line
The information displayed includes the following:
▶▶ What the object is (block reference)
▶▶ The layer the object is on (A-DOOR layer)
▶▶ The name of the block (A-DOOR-36IN)

▶▶ The coordinates of the insertion point in the drawing
▶▶ The X, Y, and Z scale factors
▶▶ The rotation angle
4. Should the command line collapse, pressing F2 will expand the
AutoCAD command line once again to display the information shown
in Figure 7.19.
5. Right-click and choose Repeat LIST from the context menu.
6. At the Select objects: prompt, select each of the lines that make
up the back staircase.
7. Click one of the wall lines and then press ↵.
The command line expands again, and you can see information
about the stair lines that you selected (see Figure 7.20).
If the command line reads Press ENTER to continue:, the
amount of information is too large for the expanded command line.

Using the LIST Command to Detect a Block 2
F igu re 7 . 2 0 : The expanded command line indicating additional information
from the LIST command

8. Press ↵ to display the remaining information.
9. As the remaining information reported by the LIST command
displays, earlier information is pushed out of view. Although this
information is no longer in view, you can use your mouse wheel, or
the scrolling feature on some laptop track pads, to view this earlier

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