Moving and copying are frequently needed action when you work on a CAD project.
It is time to learn how to Move and Copy objects in AutoCAD. Two simple commands yet very important.
The following commands work just as it would in other Drawing software.
Move an object in AutoCAD
The MOVE command will help change the location of an object in the drawing area.
To use the MOVE command
- Select the object to move (or objects to move)
- Click on the icon shown on the image above
- Select the base point with a click (don’t hold)
- Move and drop
Notice that when Moving an object, you can activate the ORTHO mode and use the command area to enter the exact distance you want to move the object with. The ORTHO mode will ensure you are moving on a straight line.
Let’s Move the 6 circles below to the right
Activate the ORTHO mode to constrains the cursor movement orthogonally
Click on the MOVE icon
Select the base point
Move your cursor to the right, leave the mouse in that position and Enter 55 and Hit Enter
Copy an object in AutoCAD
The COPY command works similarly to the Move command at the only difference that it leaves a copy of the original object in its position.
It works as it would in other windows application, and feel free to use the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste objects in AutoCAD.
To copy Objects in AutoCAD you need to select them first, and you can as well use the technique we used above to place the copy at a certain distance and angle from the original item.