The Settings command provides a very comprehensive dialog box that offers a collapsible tree-structured environment that allows virtually every drawing presentation and internal system variable to be controlled. However, it may not be easy for the first-time user to locate precisely the exact setting that they want to change.
In this post, I will show you how you can do a lot with this command even if you are not familiar with the Settings dialog box and do not yet know the exact locations of your favorite drawing settings. The most important feature in this dialog box that I am going to write about today is the Search window.
In this Search window, you can type a term representing the drawing feature, variable or item you want to look up and it will be highlighted immediately in the tree structured view below. For example, I typed viewport in the search window and I see that the first match is already highlighted and brought to focus. I can now click on the right arrow button next to the search window and have Bricscad shows me all subsequent matches for the viewport string. You will now notice that the matches are not just from the variable names and titles but also from the help content for each item that appears at the bottom of the dialog. If you do not want to include the help content in your search match, you can click on the binoculars icon next to the search window and un-check the last item, which is In Variable help.
If the In Variable Help button is un-checked, you will get the results matching only the variable titles and contents. This is probably more practical, realistic and more predictable than using the default Bricscad setting of including the help content also.
The purpose of writing this post is to explicitly ask you to try the Search feature. A similar feature does not exist in the AutoCAD Settings dialog box. And you would not expect it in Bricscad either. So, go ahead, use it and you will realize that it is much easier to locate that deeply nested dimensioning control variable or viewport settings without much difficulty.