About-Running-Scripts-at-Startup

About Running Scripts at Startup

About Running Scripts at Startup

A script can be ran at startup using the /b (on Windows) or -b (on Mac OS) command
line switch.

Suppose that every time you begin a new drawing, you turn on the grid, set the global
linetype scale to 3.0, and set layer 0 as your current layer, with red as the color.
You can do this using a drawing template, but you could do it instead with the following
script and store it in a text file called setup.scr.

grid on 
ltscale 3.0 
layer set 0 color red 0

The first line turns on the grid. The second line sets the global scale for linetypes.
The third line sets the current layer to layer 0 and sets its default color to red.
The application assumes that in a script you want to use the command line version
of the LAYER command rather than the palette version. The result is equivalent to
entering -layer at the Command prompt. The fourth line is blank, ending LAYER.

You can open a drawing and run a script at startup using one of the following techniques:

Windows

  • In the Run dialog box, on the Start menu or Start screen, enter the necessary syntax.
  • In a Windows Command Prompt window, enter the necessary syntax.
Mac OS

  • In a Terminal window, enter the necessary syntax.

Syntax to Run a Script File

You use the /b (on Windows) or -b (on Mac OS) command line switch to run a script
file on a new or existing drawing file when the application starts up. This is done
by using the following syntax:

  • On Windows,
    executable_path drawing_name /b script_name

    You can also specify the view that is displayed when the drawing opens by using the
    /v command line switch and the view name. The /b command line switch and the script
    file must be the last parameter listed.

  • On Mac OS,
    executable_path drawing_name -b script_name
NOTE:File names that contain embedded spaces must be enclosed in double quotes, for example,
“guest house”.

Including the file extensions .exe/.app, .dwg, .dwt, and .scr is optional. If the script file cannot be found, the application reports that it
cannot open the file.

NOTE:This note applies to Windows only. VBA and AutoLISP آ® files (not available in AutoCAD LT) that run at startup should check whether the
program process is visible or invisible. If the process is invisible, the files should
not execute, because the process may be performing background plotting or publishing
operations. To check for whether the program process is visible or invisible, you
can use the Visible property of the Application object in the AutoCAD ActiveX Automation
API.

Create a Drawing from a Template and Run a Script File

You can create a new drawing using the /t (on Windows) or -t (on Mac OS) command line
switch with a specified drawing template before running a script file. The following
syntax creates a new drawing using the MyTemplate.dwt file and then runs the script.scr script after the drawing is created:

  • On Windows,
    executable_path /t MyTemplate /b setup
  • On Mac OS,
    executable_path -t MyTemplate -b setup

If you want to use the default template for the new drawing, you can omit the /t command
line switch and the template file name.

NOTE:You can no longer use this method to start a new drawing and give it a name. Name
the drawing when you save it.

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