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Using Commands with a Hyphen
*Applies to: AutoCAD R13, 14, 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005*

In AutoCAD there are commands that once didn't use a dialog box to interface with the command directly.  Since AutoCAD R13 there has been a greater push for commands to use dialog boxes, this is great for new and old users alike, but with AutoCAD R14 you didn't have to remember two totally different commands between dialog box and command line.  The only difference is No Hyphen for dialog box and add a Hyphen to the command for using the command line version.  The Hyphen commands are used mainly for writing scripts and macros, but can also be used by anyone.

Command Line:
Command: layer (opens Layer dialog box)

Command: -layer

See Also:
AutoCAD Hyphen Commands Table