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Copying Entities

Use the Copy command to duplicate drawing entities and placing a copy of them at a specified location.

The duplicated entities are exact copies of the specified entities including all entity properties such as Layers, LineColors, LineStyles, and LineWeights, as well as the outline of the entities.

Optionally, you can force the copied entities onto the active Layer.

Based on one selection, you can create multiple copies.

  The Pattern command is an effective tool to create multiple copies in a linear or circular pattern.

To copy drawing entities:

  1. Click Modify > Copy (or type Copy).
  2. Specify the entities you want to duplicate and press Enter to complete your selection.
  3. Specify a source base point for the copy.

    - or -

    Specify the Displacement option and provide the relative location of the copy by specifying the X, Y, and Z displacements, for example, 3, 5, 5. If the copy is to be made in the X and Y directions only, do not specify a Z delta, for example, 3, 5. This option exits the command after you specify the displacement.

  4. Specify a destination point to displace the copy by a particular amount.

    - or -

    Specify the Active Layer option to force the entities onto the active Layer, then specify the destination point. This setting is preserved during the current application session until you reset it.

  5. To create multiple copies, specify subsequent destination points.

    The copies are placed in the specified positions. If the result of a multiple copy is unexpected, specify the Undo option.

  6. To finish duplicating entities, press Enter.


You specify a base point (P1 in the diagram) and a destination point (P2) to indicate the distance and direction of the copied entities from the original entity. These points do not have to be selected on the original entity.


Command: Copy

Menu: Modify > Copy

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