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How to Use the ROtate Command in AutoCAD 2014

There may be a time when you need to rotate objects to create better drawings. AutoCAD to the rescue! The ROtate command in AutoCAD 2014 pivots objects around a point that you specify. Follow these simple steps to use the ROtate command:

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

  2. Click the Rotate button on the Home tab’s Modify panel, or enter RO and press Enter.

  3. Select one or more objects and then press Enter to end object selection.

    AutoCAD prompts you for the base point for rotating the selected objects:

    Specify base point:
  4. Specify a base point by clicking a point or typing coordinates.

    The base point becomes the point around which AutoCAD rotates the objects. You also have to specify a rotation angle:

    Specify rotation angle or [Copy/Reference] <0>:
  5. Specify a rotation angle by one of these methods:

    • Type an angle measurement and press Enter.

    • Press Enter to accept the default value shown in angle brackets (which is the last-used value).

    • Click a point onscreen.

    Alternatively, you can indicate an angle on the screen by moving the crosshairs until the Coordinates section of the status bar indicates the desired angle and then clicking. If you choose this alternative, use Ortho mode or Polar Tracking mode to indicate a precise angle (for example, 90 or 45 degrees) or an object snap to rotate an object so that it aligns precisely with other objects.

    Positive angle values rotate objects counterclockwise (counter to what you might expect), and negative values rotate them clockwise. For example, entering 270 degrees or –90 degrees produces the same result, making objects point “down.”

    After you specify the rotation angle by typing or picking, AutoCAD rotates the objects into their new positions. The ROtate command’s Copy option makes a rotated copy while leaving the source object in place.

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