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AutoCAD® 2012 & AutoCAD LT® 2012 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein

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Chapter 6: Drawing Simple Lines

In This Chapter

Working with the LINE command Using the RECTANG command Using the POLYGON command Building construction lines Drawing rays

Lines are the most commonly drawn object in 2D AutoCAD drawings — you'll use the LINE command a lot! Straight edges just happen to be very common in the real world. Related commands for drawing rectangles, polygons, and construction lines are also important, so you should have all these commands in your arsenal. This chapter explains how to draw all these types of objects.

Using the LINE Command

The LINE command draws straight line segments. Part I includes several exercises in which you draw lines. However, the LINE command has several options, and you can still learn a few tricks of the trade by focusing on the LINE command itself.

9781118022214-ma001.tif To draw a line, choose Home tabDraw panelLine. At the Specify first point: prompt, specify any point. Continue to specify points until you're finished. Press Enter to end the command. You can also right-click and choose Enter from the shortcut menu. The LINE command assumes that you will continue to use it over and over. For this reason, the command continues to prompt you until you press Enter.

If you continue to draw line segments, the subsequent prompts are different. Here's how to use them:

The command displays the Specify next point or [Undo]: prompt for the next two segments. ...

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