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Rapid Dimension

You can use the rapid dimension manipulator to place dimensions so they are evenly spaced and easier to read.

The rapid dimension manipulator appears when you insert dimensions in drawing views. Use the manipulator to place dimensions at evenly spaced intervals. For example, if you insert a dimension between two dimensions, the new dimension is spaced evenly between them.

To place dimensions quickly, use the:
  • Tab key to switch to the different manipulator locations
  • Spacebar to place the dimension in a suitable location outside of the model geometry

You can control the spacing used by rapid dimension in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Dimensions under Offset distances.

When the rapid dimension manipulator creates dimensions on a symmetric centerline, any dimensions that might overlap are staggered for drawings in the ANSI standard.

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