Use Coordinates and Coordinate Systems (UCS) :
For precise coordinate input, you can use several coordinate system entry methods. You can also use a movable coordinate system, the user coordinate system (UCS), for convenient coordinate entry and to establish workplanes.
- Overview of Coordinate Entry
- Enter 2D Coordinates
- Enter 3D Coordinates
- Understand the User Coordinate System (UCS)
- Control the Display of the User Coordinate System Icon
Use Dynamic Input:
Dynamic Input provides a command interface near the cursor to help you keep your focus in the drafting area.
Snap to Locations on Objects (Object Snaps):
Instead of entering coordinates, you can specify points relative to existing objects such as endpoints of lines or center points of circles.
- Use Object Snaps
- The Object Snap Menu
- Set Visual Aids for Object Snaps (AutoSnap)
- Override Object Snap Settings
Several tools are available that you can use to restrict or lock the movement of your cursor.
- Adjust Grid and Grid Snap
- Use Orthogonal Locking (Ortho Mode)
- Use Polar Tracking and PolarSnap
- Lock an Angle for One Point (Angle)
To specify a new point location, you can combine coordinate values from several points or you can specify offsets from existing objects.
- Combine Coordinate Values (Coordinate Filters)
- Track to Points on Objects (Object Snap Tracking)
- Track to Offset Point Locations (Tracking)
When specifying a point, you can enter distances, offsets, and measured intervals.
Extract Geometric Information from Objects:
The inquiry and calculation commands can provide information about objects in your drawing and do useful calculations.
Use a Calculator:
You can access a calculator function as you work with the program. You can use either the QuickCalc calculator interface or the Command prompt calculator.
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