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Rapid Dimension

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

The rapid dimension selector 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.

Use the rapid dimension selector to quickly place dimensions.

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

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

To disable the rapid dimension selector, in the Dimension PropertyManager, under Dimension Assist Tools, clear Rapid dimensioning. This setting persists across sessions.

When the rapid dimension selector is enabled, you can dismiss it by pressing ESC. Pressing ESC again dismisses the Smart Dimension tool.

Using the Rapid Dimension Selector

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

  1. In a drawing, click Smart Dimension (Dimensions/Relations toolbar) or Tools > Dimensions > Smart .
  2. Select the entities to dimension.

    Depending on the dimension type that can be placed, the rapid dimension selector appears as: or .

  3. Click a portion of the manipulator. You can also 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

    The dimension is placed near the selected entity. Existing dimensions move to make space for new dimensions if necessary.

To disable the rapid dimension selector, in the Dimension PropertyManager, under Dimension Assist Tools, clear Rapid dimensioning. This setting persists across sessions.

When the rapid dimension selector is enabled, you can dismiss it by pressing ESC. Pressing ESC again dismisses the Smart Dimension tool.


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