2.3 - Modify Object - the basic

The 'Modify object' basic commands

Move Objects

You can move one or more objects at a specified distance and direction from the originals.
To move objects with precision you use coordinates, object snaps, grid snaps and other tools.

Begin the move command via Toolbar icon.

To move the rectangle (ABCDA), as shown in Fig. 2.3.1.2, from point P1 to point P2 (they define the direction and distance of the movement) :

On Ribbon acad ribbon ► Click Home tab►Modify panel ►click Move move icon icon (Fig.2.3.1.1).

  1. CommandLine prompt says: Select object: Using the mouse Select with your mouse the rectangle (ABCDA), and press ENTER.
  2. CommandLine prompt says: Specify based point: Using the mouse select the point P1.
  3. Commandline prompt says: Specify second point or [ ]: Using the mouse, select the point P2 to specify the second point of the movement.

You can repeat this as many times as you wish. When you are done, click Enter or Esc.
You have moved the rectangle (ABCDA) from point P1 to point P2, as shown in Fig.2.3.1.2.

When AutoCAD asks for a "base point or displacement" you can select any point you want as a reference point. Click on the bottom left corner of the rectangle. AutoCAD now asks for a 'second point of displacement', it needs to know now is at which point you want to move it. You can select with the mouse another point on the screen, or to use relative coordinates.

Using relative coordinates

If you want to move it 20 (units) over and 40 (units) up, using relative coordinates, type @20,40 and press ENTER to achieve this. The rectangle will automatically move to its new location.

If you want to move it in a distance 20 (units) and in a direction of 30°, for the second point type <20, 30 and press ENTER to achieve this.

The rectangle will automatically move to its new location.


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