We frequently suggest that people watch the command prompts in the status bar when learning new MicroStation based applications or techniques:
You can see these prompts at your cursor during any graphic operation by adding the following configuration variable to your User Configuration File (UCF):
MS_CURSORPROMPT = 1
With the following result:
This can be particularly helpful when using some of the more complex tools.
Your UCF will normally be in a similar location to: