Chapter 9. Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools


  • Erasing objects

  • Copying and moving objects

  • Rotating objects

  • Scaling objects

  • Using the CHANGE command

  • Selecting objects

  • Customizing object-selection features

No drawing project is ever completed without changes. You make changes in a drawing for many reasons. Some editing processes are simply part of the drawing process, such as copying an object instead of drawing it a second time from scratch. Other types of editing involve making changes to many objects at once, such as moving an entire section of a drawing to make room for additional objects. You often also need to erase, move, rotate, and resize objects.

Editing a Drawing

Making changes to a drawing is called editing. In order to edit an object, you need to select it. AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT offer numerous techniques for selecting objects. In this chapter, I cover basic editing commands as well as most of the ways to select objects. The rest of the 2D editing commands, as well as additional selection and editing methods — grips, the Properties palette, selection filters, and groups — are covered in the next chapter.

Most of the editing commands are on the Modify toolbar or in the 2D Draw control panel of the Dashboard. (If the Modify toolbar is not displayed, right-click any toolbar button and choose Modify from the toolbar list. To display the Dashboard, choose Tools

Editing a Drawing
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