In This Chapter
Moving, copying, and stretching objects
Manipulating whole objects
Changing pieces of objects
Editing object properties
In Chapter 10, you read that AutoCAD has several different methods of modifying drawing objects. You also read how to select those objects in the first place, so you can edit them. Now it's time to roll up your sleeves and get dirty — in this chapter, I introduce the primary edit commands in AutoCAD.
The following sections cover the most important AutoCAD editing commands, using command-first editing mode.
As explained in Chapter 10, command-first — or verb-noun editing in AutoCAD-ese — is one of three different approaches to modifying objects in AutoCAD. I concentrate on this method, where you start a command and then you pick the objects on which the command will act, because it's the only method that works for all editing commands in AutoCAD.
Table 11-1 lists AutoCAD's most frequently used editing commands. It shows the tool icons found on the Ribbon, the classic toolbar, and the classic menu, and it gives the official command name with corresponding alias (where one exists) for the typists in the room. Ribbon buttons are on the Home tab's Modify panel in the 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace. In the AutoCAD Classic workspace, look for these commands on the Modify toolbar and Modify menu.
Table 11-1. AutoCAD's Modify Commands
Modify Panel Button
Modify Toolbar Button
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