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How to Use the Move Command in AutoCAD 2014

These steps demonstrate command-first editing in AutoCAD 2014 with the Move command, using the base point/second point method of indicating how far and in what direction to move the selected objects. Follow these steps to use precision techniques when you use the Move command:

  1. Press Esc to make sure that no command is active and no objects are selected.

  2. Click the Move button on the Modify panel of the Home tab.

    The command line displays the Select objects prompt.

  3. Select at least one object.

    You can use any object selection technique.

  4. Press Enter when you finish selecting objects.

    AutoCAD displays the following prompt:

    Specify base point or [Displacement] <Displacement>:
  5. Specify a base point by clicking a point or typing coordinates.

    This point serves as the tail end of the imaginary arrow that indicates how far and in what direction you want the objects to move. After you pick a base point, it’s fairly easy to see what’s going on because AutoCAD displays a temporary image of the object that moves around as you move the crosshairs.

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    Specify a base point somewhere on or near the object(s) that you’re moving. You can (and should) use an object snap mode to choose a point exactly on one of the objects.

    AutoCAD displays the following prompt:

    Specify second point or <use first point as displacement>:
  6. Specify the second point by clicking a point or typing coordinates.

    The second point serves as the arrow end of the imaginary displacement arrow. After you specify the second point, AutoCAD moves the objects.

    Press Enter in response to the second prompt only if you want AutoCAD to use your response to the first prompt as an absolute displacement.

AutoCAD has two common precision techniques for specifying the second point:

  • Use an object snap mode to pick a second point exactly on another object in the drawing.

  • Use direct distance entry to move objects in an orthogonal or polar-tracking direction.

The following steps demonstrate command-first editing with the Move command, using the distance method to indicate how far and in what direction to move selected objects:

  1. Repeat Steps 1–4 in the preceding step list.

  2. When AutoCAD displays the Specify base point… prompt, specify a direction and distance by typing the appropriate values:

    • Enter 6,2, for example, to move selected objects 6 units to the right and 2 units up.

    • Enter 3<45, for example, to move selected objects 3 units at an angle of 45 degrees counterclockwise from the “east” (“3 o’clock”).

  3. Press Enter to complete the move.

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