Chapter 11

Edit for Credit


Moving, copying, and stretching objects

Manipulating whole objects

Changing pieces of objects

Fixing your mistakes — oops, I mean changing your mind

Grip editing

In Chapter 10, you can see that AutoCAD offers several methods of modifying drawing objects. You can see how to select those objects in the first place so that you can then 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.

remember As I explain in Chapter 10, command-first editing (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 pick the objects on which the command will act, because it’s the only method that works for every editing command in AutoCAD.

Assembling Your AutoCAD Toolkit

Table 11-1 lists AutoCAD’s most frequently used editing commands. It shows the tool icons found on the Ribbon and it specifies the official command names with their corresponding aliases where they exist, in case you prefer typing over clicking. Ribbon buttons are found on the Home tab’s Modify panel in the Drafting & Annotation workspace.

Table 11-1 AutoCAD’s Modify Commands


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