One of AutoCAD’s (and AutoCAD based applications) greatest strengths is the number of setvariables that can be adjusted to fine tune the user experience. Having said this, this strength can sometimes be considered a weakness during those times when we are trying to locate and adjust the appropriate setvariable.
That is what today’s tool is all about. Giving you even more control over your setvariables.
SYSVDLG is an “Express Tool” that is available in any AutoCAD based application. It has been around since the early 90s and is one of those "best kept secrets". Using this tool, you can quickly accomplish some pretty cool things with your AutoCAD setvariables including:
- Reviewing a complete list
- Editing Values
- Seeing where they are stored
- Reading about what they control
- Determining valid settings
You can even capture their values to an external file (.SVF or .SCR) such that they can be easily loaded into a different .DWG.
When troubleshooting a problem, have you ever wanted to compare the setvariables in a misbehaving .DWG with the setvariables in a known good .DWG to determine what might be different? SYSVDLG can be used in conjunction with Microsoft Word to do that too!!
Check out the video below to see how: