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How to Edit a Line using Multifunctional Grips

Make sure Dynamic Input (F12) dynamic input is on to view the length of the line and the angle measured from the X axis.

Alternate Units shownSelect a line and place your cursor over one end of the line. Don't click, just hover over the grip. Note: The middle grip will only MOVE the line.

The numbers will be formatted in accordance with the settings in the UNITS command.

The default action is Stretch, so you don't need to select from Stretch from the menu. You can select Lengthen from the menu to dynamically change the length without altering the angle of the line.


Alternate Units shownClick the grip and move your cursor. The other end of the line is fixed while the selected grip end can move freely.

You can press CTRL to cycle between Stretch and Lengthen anytime you are editing the endpoint grip.

Click to specify a new end location or move your cursor and type a number in the highlighted input box and press ENTER. If you move your cursor past the end current end of the line, it will become longer. Move it closer to the anchored end the line will become shorter.


Alternate Units shownPress the TAB key to change the length of the line by specifying a new overall length. Type a number in the highlighted input box and press ENTER.



Alternate Units shownPress the TAB key again to change the angle measured from the X axis. Type a number in the highlighted input box and press ENTER.

Alternate Units shownTo dynamically change the length of the line without altering the angle press the CTRL key to cycle to the Lengthen option. Move your cursor to the desired location and click.

See how to edit a circle or linear dimension using Multifunctional Grips.