Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting multiple point objects, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Voiceover] In one of the previous AutoCAD Tips and Tricks videos, we looked at setting up our point styles and setting up some single points on an AutoCAD object. So we're in a new video now, a new AutoCAD Tip and Trick where we're going to look at multiple-point objects. Now the good thing is there is actually a command for this in AutoCAD. And I'll show you where that is in a moment. We have a new drawing open. Now, what I've done is set up a very simple drawing with a single line.
So this single line here, you'll notice, is on the Objects layer. If I go up to the Layers panel in the Home tab on the ribbon, you can see in the Layer pull-down, we have a layer called "Points," and it's magenta, that purple color. So any points that we place will go on that purple-colored layer. Now, if you've already done the Point Style Tip and Trick, you'll know now to go to the Utilities panel, go to the Point Style here, and set up a point style. And I'm going to leave it set to the default settings, which is 5% of the size relative to screen.
We'll look at that in a moment. I'll click on "OK" now. So my point style is now set. Now I want to place some multiple-point objects on my line in my drawing. Before we do that, jump down to your object snaps. Make sure they're on, and make sure they're set to what you want them to be. So you can see there I've got Endpoint, Midpoint, Center, Intersection, and Extension switched on. I've also got my object snaps on. See the little square there. When it's gray, it's off. When it's blue, it's on.
So my object snaps are now on. So how do I place these multiple-point objects? Well, I could individually, like I did in the Point Style Tip and Trick, just type the word "point" for the point command, press "Enter," and that allows me to specify a location for a specific point using my Point Style. So if I come down here, use the Endpoint snap. There's my point there, using that particular Point Style. But that's it. The command closes out, and I can only place one point at a time.
If I press "Enter" or spacebar now, I can repeat the command if I want to. I'm going to hit "Escape" just to cancel it now. What I'm also going to do is I'm going to do "Undo" back one step until I lose that point. So now I'm just going to check my point settings again. So "Point Style" there on the Utilities. Make sure they're all still set. Check my Layers, make sure I'm on the Points layer, which I am. There's the Points layer there. Like so. Now, multiple points, where do I find them? You will find them over on the Draw panel on the Home tab on the ribbon.
Click on the flyout there on the title bar. Just hit the pin there to pin it open. And it's up here. It's this one here. "Multiple Points." And it is the Point command, but you can place multiple points. So if I click on that one now, it's still prompting me to specify a point, like so. There's the endpoint, but I can now go the midpoint, and I can now go to the endpoint, and I've placed three points using my Point Style, all in one go. And notice, I'm still in the Point command. So I now press "Enter" to finish, and it says "Invalid point." What is that all about? It's one of the only commands in AutoCAD where you have to hit "Escape" to finish the command.
Normally if you hit "Escape," it cancels the command. In this case, we are cancelling the command because we don't want to place any more points, but we're cancelling it and our points remain if I hit "Escape" there in the drawing itself. Now, when we set up those Point Styles, also as well we have that 5% relative to the space that we're in in AutoCAD. So if I zoom right out now, like that, can you see my points, as I zoom in and out, stay 5% of the screen size? If I type "regen," where I regenerate the drawing, and press "Enter," they resize always to that 5% setting, which is over here in the Utilities in the Point Style.
There's the 5% relative to screen. So if I zoom in real close, they get real big like that. I type "regen." I can also save the drawing, that also does the same thing. And they go to 5% again, so they're not too big and they're not too small. So that's how you place your multiple-point objects in AutoCAD.
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