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Aligning Entities

The Align command aligns entities with respect to other entities or other target points on 2D planes or in 3D space.

The command combines the Move and Rotate commands or the Move and Rotate3D commands. If necessary, you can scale 2D aligned entities to fit their new location.

To align entities using one pair of points:

Specifying only one pair of points moves the specified entities without rotating them.

  1. Click Modify > Align (or type Align).
  2. In the graphics area, select entities to align.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the graphics area, specify the first source point and the destination point, or type values to set the points. Use EntitySnaps where appropriate.
  5. Press Enter.

To align entities using two pairs of points:

Specifying two pairs of points performs the move and rotation based on the current coordinate system. The first pair of source and target points defines the movement vector, the second pair of points defines the rotation angle.

If the distance between the first and second source point and the first and second target point is not identical, you can scale the aligned entity to fit between the two destination points.

  1. Click Modify > Align (or type Align).
  2. In the graphics area, select entities to align.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the graphics area, specify the first source point and the destination point, or type values to set the points. Use EntitySnaps where appropriate.
  5. Repeat step 4 for the set of second points.
  6. Press Enter.
  7. Specify whether to scale the entities based on the alignment points.
  8. Press Enter.

To align entities using three pairs of points:

Specifying three pairs of points moves the first source point of the entity to the first destination point, the second source point to the second destination point, and the third source point to the third destination point.

  1. Click Modify > Align (or type Align).
  2. In the graphics area, select entities to align.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the graphics area, specify the first source point and the destination point, or type values to set the points. Use EntitySnaps where appropriate.
  5. Repeat step 4 for the second and third points.

  The Align3D command lets you first specify the source points, then follow up with the destination points.

Access

Command: Align

Menu: Modify > Align



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