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Sketching Lines

To sketch a line:

  1. Click Line Tool_Line_Sketch.gif on the Sketch toolbar, or click Tools > Sketch Entities > Line.

    The pointer changes to pointer_line_2D.gif.

  2. In the Insert Line PropertyManager under Orientation, select one of the following:
    • As sketched
    • Horizontal
    • Vertical
    • Angle

    All selections except As sketched display a Parameters group.

  3. Under Options, select:
    Option Description
    For construction To sketch a construction line
    Infinite length To sketch a line of infinite length
    Midpoint line To sketch a line that is symmetrical from the midpoint of the line
    Add dimensions (Angle orientation only) To display the length and angle values
  4. Under Parameters, you can do the following, based on the Orientation:

    Horizontal or Vertical Angle
    Set a value for Length PM_Length.gif. Set a value for Length PM_Length.gif.
      Set a value for AnglePM_angle.gif.

  5. Click in the graphics area and sketch the line.

    The Line Properties PropertyManager is displayed.

  6. Complete the line in one of the following ways:
    • Drag the pointer to the end of the line and release.
    • Release the pointer, move the pointer to the end of the line, and click again.

    With Horizontal, Vertical, and Angle orientations, if you set values for Length PM_Length.gif and Angle PM_angle.gif, the line is automatically created with those values.


  7. You can do any of the following:
    • Edit the line using selections from the groups in the Line Properties PropertyManager.
      If you create a line using Angle as the Orientation, and you set a value for Angle PM_angle.gif, you can edit the angle under the following conditions:
      • The line must be referenced in an angular dimension.
      • The other line in the dimension must be a horizontal construction line.
      • The change must occur within the current Line Properties PropertyManager session.
    • Continue sketching using the selected Orientation.
    • Click PM_OK.gif or double-click to return to the Insert Line PropertyManager to select a different Orientation or Parameters.

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