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Moving and copying elements

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Moving and copying elements

AutoCAD's Move and Copy commands work side-by-side, allowing us to reposition or duplicate our entities. I say side-by-side, because these commands essentially work the exact same way. Let me show you what I mean. We're going to look at the Move command first. Let's say I'd like to move this circle, such that its center is located at the upper left corner of this square. To do that, I'll launch the Move command, and we can find move in the Modify panel of our Ribbon. I will then select the object I'd like to move, and I'll right-click to let AutoCAD know that I'm finished selecting objects. Now, AutoCAD is asking me for a base point.

Moving and copying elements

AutoCAD's Move and Copy commands work side-by-side, allowing us to reposition or duplicate our entities. I say side-by-side, because these commands essentially work the exact same way. Let me show you what I mean. We're going to look at the Move command first. Let's say I'd like to move this circle, such that its center is located at the upper left corner of this square. To do that, I'll launch the Move command, and we can find move in the Modify panel of our Ribbon. I will then select the object I'd like to move, and I'll right-click to let AutoCAD know that I'm finished selecting objects. Now, AutoCAD is asking me for a base point.

That's the point I would like to use to pick this object up. I have a running object snap set for center point, so I'm going to click the circle, to pick it up from the center. As you can see, I'm holding it from that location. Finally, where I do I want to put this object down? Well, I'd like to put it down at the end point of this line. We've just completed our first move. Let's move the circle again. This time I'd like to move it to the upper right corner of the square. To do that, I'll launch the Move command. I'll select the circle and right-click. I'll pick it up from its center point. I'd like to place it to the end point here.

I'm going to zoom out a little bit. I'll pan this down on the screen. This time, let's try and move the circle using direct distance entry. maybe I'd like to move this circle 10 units above the square. I'll launch the Move command, and I'll select my circle. I'll right-click. I'd like to pick the circle up from the center. Then I'm going to come down and lock my Ortho. I'll do that by clicking the Toggle in the Status Bar. Finally, I'm going to pull straight up, and I'll type a distance of 10, and hit Enter. So, not only can we move using object snaps, we can also move using direct distance entry.

Alright, let's take a look at the Copy command. Functionality-wise, the Copy command works the exact same way as Move. Let's say I'd like to create a copy of my circle at all four corners of this square. We can find the Copy command in the Modify panel of the Ribbon. Copy is located right here. I'll select my circle and right-click. Now, where do I want to pick it up from? I'd like to pick it from its center. Where would I like to create my copy? First of all, notice this. My Ortho is still locked. I'm going to press F8 to turn that off. There we go! I'd like to place my first copy at the endpoint right here.

Notice that I'm still in the command. That's because AutoCAD automatically defaults to a Multiple Copy mode. So, I could create another copy at this endpoint, and this one and this one. When I'm finished, I'll press Esc. Now that we understand how the Move and Copy commands work, let's try and use them in a practical example. I'm going to zoom out, pan my drawing over a little bit. On my screen, I have a Civil Engineering drawing. This is a site plan for a fast food restaurant. Let me also mention that the units in this drawing are set such that each unit equals 1 foot.

I'm going to zoom in a little bit on the restaurant. We can see the drive-through area right here. I'll zoom in a little bit further, and let's say we would like to have a patio on the north side of the building. On that patio, we'd like to have some tables. Well, I've already inserted a table into this drawing, and I've got some targets that represent where I'd like to place my tables. Let's see if we can place these using Move and Copy. First of all, I'm going to launch the Move command, and I'll select my table and right-click. Now, where would I like to pick it up from? I'm going to pick it up from the center of the circle, at the center of the table.

I would like to place it to the center of this target. Now, I'll create the rest of my tables using the Copy command. I'll launch Copy. I'll select my table and right-click. I would like to copy it from the center here, and I'll place a copy to the centre of each of these targets. When I'm finished, I'll press Esc. Let me mention this. When you're moving and copying objects, don't think you'll always have to pick an object up from a point on the object itself. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to zoom out a little bit, and let's focus our attention on this area of the parking lot.

In fact, I'm going to get a little bit closer. Let's say I'd like to create some copies of this car, and I'd like them all placed at the exact same location in the other stalls. To do that, I'll launch the Copy command. I'll select my car and right-click. Now, where do I want to pick it up from? Well, I'm going to pick it up from the endpoint of this stripe, and I'll place it to the endpoint of this stripe, because that location was common for each stall. Let's create one more copy by selecting the endpoint of this stripe. When I'm finished, I'll press Esc. As you can see, the functionality of the Move and Copy commands is essentially the same.

Using either of these tools along with object snaps, we can quickly modify or add to our drawing.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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