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Quickly Find Files in Support File Search Path

AutoCAD places your support files in all sorts of hard to find places, such as:

C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application
Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2008\R17.1\enu\support\

Moreover, you can have many folders in your support file search path, including those that you add yourself. (To add a folder to the search path, choose Tools>Options and click the File tab of the Options dialog box. Open the Support File Search Path item and click the Add button. Then click Browse. Navigate to the folder you want, choose it, and click OK. Click OK again to close the Options dialog box.)

To quickly find any file in the support file search path, enter the following on the command line:

(findfile “filename.ext”)

where filename.ext is the name of the file.

Arnold Williams submitted the following AutoLISP expression:

(defun c:FF ( / )
(findfile (getstring “\nEnter Name & Extension of file for Filefind: “))

He explains: “Just type in ff and follow the prompt and a path and file name are returned if found, nil if not found.”

Ellen Finkelstein

2 comments to Quickly Find Files in Support File Search Path

  • Andrew

    Is there a way to add Support File Search Path entries using lisp? I used to use a great program from a website called but they no longer support there programs. I would be happy to learn a new programming language to add Support File Search Path entries if I only knew where that info was saved.

  • Ellen

    Could you be more specific about what you want to do? Automatically add a folder to the search path?

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