I just got a new dell inspiron laptop and installed ACAD 2011. Normally I draft with the ortho lock on and hold down shift when I want to disable it temporarily. With my new laptop this doesn't work. Holding shift down doesn't seem to make any difference at all.
Does anyone know why?
I can't explain why your shift key isn't functioning as it should, but in the meantime you could try this...
Rather than holding the shift key to disable ORTHO, hold down the F8 key instead. It will give you the same functionality.
Try it with some of the other function keys as well - I frequently hold down the F3 key to temporarily enable/disable running osnaps.
Found the solution,
Basically, the 2011 temp override for shift was switched from orthomode to osmode, switching from ortho toggle to o-snaps toggle.
To switch it back, type "cui" to bring up the custom user interface dialog, then expand the "keyboard shortcuts" menu to the left, and then the "temporary override keys" underneath it. Finally, select "toggles orthogonal mode" underneath this, and, on the right side of the screen, for "macro 1 (key down)" enter this:
and for "macro 2 (key up)" enter this:
It should work as before now.
After trying the POLAR and OTRACK options when they were introcduced, and loving them, it is almost painful now to see people work with the ortho lock on. Give them a try.