The status bar in AutoCAD is one of those areas in the application window that not everyone understand but yet everyone uses, and might not get the most out of it. For example, did you know it can be customized to hide infrequently used tools and display those tools you might use more frequently?

By default, the status bar is displayed along the bottom of the application window. From the status bar, you can quickly access:

  • Commonly used drafting aids
  • Settings related to the active viewport
  • See the current coordinate value of the crosshairs in the drawing window

You can also control contextual tools like system variable monitoring, external references, CAD standards, and more.

How to use it

  1. If the status bar isn’t currently displayed, enter STATUSBAR on the command line and enter 1.
  2. Some controls are toggles, meaning a single click turns the functionality on or off. Toggle the following tools on and off:
    • Grid display 
    • Ortho mode 
    • Object snap tracking 
    Note: The blue background indicates a feature is on.
  3. Click on the arrow, or right-click anywhere on the Object Snap icon, to display the associated menu.
    1. Check or clear individual object snap settings.
    2. Click Object Snap Settings to open the Object Snap tab of the Drafting Settings dialog box.
  4. For tools that have option settings, right-click and select the menu option to display the settings dialog box for the tool. For example:
    1. Right-click Grid Display and select Grid Settings to set the grid and snap spacing.
    2. Right-click Object Snap Tracking and select the settings option to set object snap tracking settings.
  5. Hover over a tool and press F1 to open the Help topic for that tool. For example:
    1. Hover over Ortho mode and press F1. 
    2. Hover over Workspace Switching and press F1. 

Customize it

Select which tools you want to display on the status bar and which ones you want to hide.

  1. Click Customization located at the far-right end of the status bar. 
  2. Select tools you want to show or hide. For example:
    1. Check LineWeight to display it. 
    2. Clear Dynamic Input to hide it. 
    Note: A check mark indicates a control is currently displayed in the status bar.

Coordinate display on the status bar

You can also display the cursor coordinates on the status bar. By default, coordinate display is off.

  1. Click Customization. 
  2. Check Coordinates.
  3. Right-click the Coordinates tool to display the menu of options.Note: Press F1 to see an explanation of the options.

Function keys

If you prefer to use the keyboard, some of the function keys perform the same toggle action as controls on the status bar.

KeyStatus Bar IconFeatureDescription
F3Object snapTurns object snap on and off.
F43D object snapTurns additional object snaps for 3D on and off.
F7Grid displayTurns the grid display on and off.
F8OrthoLocks cursor movement to horizontal or vertical.
F9Grid snapRestricts cursor movement to specified grid intervals.
F10Polar trackingGuides cursor movement to specified angles.
F11Object snap trackingTracks the cursor horizontally and vertically from object snap locations.