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Using Relative Coordinates Autocad

Once you understand the coordinate system used by AutoCAD, you can draw lines to any length and in any direction. Look at the shape shown previously in Figure 2.1. Because you know the dimensions, you can calculate (by adding and subtracting) the absolute coordinates for each vertex—the connecting point between two line …

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Using Coordinates Autocad

A coordinate system consists of numbered scales that identify an initial, or base,point and the direction for measuring subsequent points on a graph. As illustrated in Figure 2.8, each pair of axes (xy, xz, yz) forms a flat plane. Most of your time working with AutoCAD will be spent drawing in the …

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Using the Line Tool Autocad

The LINE command, essential to all AutoCAD drawings, is the first command you’ll explore as you construct the shape shown in Figure 2.1. Whenever you start a brand-new drawing in AutoCAD, it’s always best to take a step back and consider the object(s) you would like to construct. In thiscase, …

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If You Would Like More Practice…

At the start of this chapter, you learned how workspaces can dramatically change the overall appearance of AutoCAD. This was illustrated in the “Exploring the User Interface” section, as you switched between workspaces that ship with the software. Although many find the default workspaces more than adequate, others prefer custom-tailoring the UI to the …

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Using the Mouse Autocad

Your mouse most likely has two buttons and a scroll wheel. So far in this chapter,you have used the left mouse button to choose menus, commands, and options, and you’ve held it down to drag the Ribbon. The left mouse button is the one you’ll be using most often, but you’ll also …

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Using the Keyboard Autocad

The keyboard is an important tool for entering data and commands. If you’re a good typist, you can gain speed in working with AutoCAD by learning how to enter commands from the keyboard. AutoCAD provides alias commands—single keys or key combinations that start any of several frequently used commands. A good example of …

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