The menu bar, just below the title bar, consists of 11 (12 if you have the Express tools installed) words and an icon.
Click any of these to display a drop-down menu. The icon on the left end and the File and Edit menus are included with all Windows-compatible applications, although they are somewhat customized to work with AutoCAD.
The menu associated with the icon contains commands to control the appearance and position of the drawing area.
Commands in the File menu are for opening and saving new and existing drawing files, printing, linking on the Internet, exporting files to another application, choosing basic utility options, and exiting the application. The Edit menu contains the Undo and Redo commands, the Cut and Paste tools, and options for creating links between AutoCAD files and other files. The Help menu works like all Windows Help menus and contains a couple of AutoCAD-specific entries as well, including some online resources and a context-sensitive help feature called the Info Palette.
The other eight or nine menus contain the most-often-used AutoCAD commands.
You will find that if you master the logic of how the commands are been organized by menu, you can quickly find the command you want. Here is a short description of each of the other AutoCAD drop-down menus:
View Contains tools for controlling the display of your drawing file.
Insert Contains commands for placing drawings and images or parts of them inside other drawings.
Format Contains commands for setting up the general parameters for a new drawing.
Tools Contains special tools for use while you’re working on the current drawing, such as those for finding the length of a line or for running a special macro.
Draw Contains commands for creating new objects (such as lines or circles) on the screen.
Dimension Contains commands for dimensioning a drawing.
Modify Contains commands for changing existing objects in the drawing.
Window Contains commands for displaying currently open windows and lists currently open drawing files.
Express An optional menu containing a library of productivity tools that cover a wide range of AutoCAD functions. It may or may not been installed on your computer.