Chapter 11. Edit for Credit

In This Chapter

  • Moving, copying, and stretching objects

  • Manipulating whole objects

  • Changing pieces of objects

  • Editing object properties

In Chapter 10 you learn that AutoCAD has several different methods of modifying drawing objects. You also learn how to select those objects in the first place, so you can edit them. Now it's time to roll up your sleeves and get dirty — in this chapter I introduce the primary edit commands in AutoCAD.

The following sections cover the most important AutoCAD editing commands, using command-first editing mode.


As explained in Chapter 10, command-first — or verb-noun editing in AutoCAD-ese — is one of three different approaches to modifying objects in AutoCAD. I concentrate on this method, where you start a command and then you pick the objects on which the command will act, because it's the only method that works for all editing commands in AutoCAD.

Your AutoCAD Tool Kit

Table 11-1 presents an overview of AutoCAD's most frequently used editing commands. It shows the tool icons found on the Ribbon, the classic toolbar, and the classic menu, and it gives the official command name with corresponding alias (where one exists) for the typists in the room. Ribbon buttons are on the Home tab's Modify panel in the 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace. In the AutoCAD Classic workspace, look for these commands on the Modify toolbar and Modify menu.

Table 11-1. AutoCAD's Modify Commands



Modify Panel Button

Modify Toolbar Button

Modify ...

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