We've all done it - we've reached up to hit the Escape key in AutoCAD - only to find ourselves staring at the AutoCAD Help screen! Aaaaaargh! How did that happen? Well we were reaching for the Escape key - and that pesky F1 key got in the way.
Minor little irritations like this can really impede your GAH quotient (General AutoCAD Happiness). I've seen frustrated users so irritated with this mishap that they've ripped the F1 key off the board (just to ensure it doesn't happen again). Whiile it's an effective approach - it's just a tad extreme. During my latest Cadalyst video tip I show you exactly how to beat this dilemma with a much calmer solution: Simply changing the F1 key to perform an Escape rather than Help.
It isn't difficult getting to Help - afterall. It's not like the F1 key is the only means to getting there - so I doubt you'll even miss it! I'm pretty sure your GAH quotient will be much higher after you set it to Escape.
Over the years - this has been my most popular tip (and the most requested). So I thought I'd share it again (for those of you who many have missed it many years ago when I first shared it). So enjoy! I can't wait to hear about your new and improved GAH Quotient!
(fyi - acronomn completely made up...but feel free to attempt to impress your fellow CAD users with it anyway!). Then be sure to look shocked when they don't know what it means.