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Rearranging entities

 

You can move one or more entities, and you can also rotate entities about a specified point. If you have entities that overlap, you can also change the display order.

 

Moving entities

 

You can move entities around within the current drawing or from one drawing to another. The default method is to create a selection set and then specify a starting point, or base point, and an endpoint, or displacement point, to define the relocation of the entities. You can also relocate the entities using a direction vector.

 

To move a selection set

 

Do one of the following to choose Move:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Edit > Move (in Modify).
  • On the menu, choose Modify > Move.
  • On the Modify toolbar, click the Move tool.
  • Type move and then press Enter.

 

Select the entities, and then press Enter.

 

Specify the base point.

 

Specify the displacement point.

 

You can also move entities using grips. To move an entity using grips, select the entity to display its grips, and then click a grip and drag it. The grip you select depends on the type of entity you’re modifying. For example, to move a line entity, select the midpoint grip. To move a curved entity, such as an arc, circle, or ellipse, select the center point grip. Not all entities can be moved using grips.

 

To move an entity using grips

 

Select the entity.

 

Click a grip to select it.

 

Drag the entity to where you want to relocate it.

 

Click to release.

 

Moving entities between spaces

 

You can move entities from model space to paper space or from paper space to model space. You must be viewing a Layout tab that has at least one layout viewport in order to move entities between spaces. You can also copy entities between spaces using the same Change Space command.

 

For more details about model space and paper space, see “Understanding paper space and model space” on page 450.

 

To move entities between spaces

 

Click a Layout tab.

 

Select the entities you want to move.

 

Do one of the following to choose:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Edit > Change Space (in Modify).
  • On the menu, choose Modify > Change Space.
  • On the Modify toolbar, click the Change Space tool.
  • Type chspace and then press Enter.

 

Choose Move.

 

Rotating entities

 

You can rotate entities about a specified point at a specified rotation angle or by an angle referenced to a base angle. The default method rotates the entities using a relative rotation angle from their current orientation.

 

To rotate a selection set

 

Do one of the following to choose Rotate:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Edit > Rotate (in Modify).
  • On the menu, choose Modify > Rotate.
  • On the Modify toolbar, click the Rotate tool.
  • Type rotate and then press Enter.

 

Select the entities, and then press Enter.

 

Specify the rotation point.

 

If desired, choose Copy to rotate a copy of selected entities.

 

Specify the rotation angle.

To rotate a selection set in reference to a base angle

 

Do one of the following to choose Rotate:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Edit > Rotate (in Modify).
  • On the menu, choose Modify > Rotate.
  • On the Modify toolbar, click the Rotate tool.
  • Type rotate and then press Enter.

 

Select the entities, and then press Enter.

 

Specify the rotation point.

 

If desired, choose Copy to rotate a copy of selected entities.

 

In the prompt box, choose Base Angle.

 

Specify the base angle, then specify the new angle.

Reordering entities

 

When multiple entities overlap, you can change the order in which they are displayed and printed. You can move entities to the front, back, or on top or below of another entity.

 

To reorder entities:

 

Do one of the following to choose Draw Order:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose View > Draw Order (in Draworder).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Draw Order.
  • On the Tools toolbar, click the Draw Order tool or use the Draworder toolbar.
  • Type draworder and then press Enter.

 

Select the entity you want to reorder, and then press Enter.

 

In the prompt box, specify the new drawing order, and then press Enter.

 

If you are reordering above or under, select the entity you want the first entity to be above or below, and then press Enter.

 

Use a system variable.

The SORTENTS system variable automatically turns on, which may affect system performance.

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