AutoCAD Tutorial 12: Move Command in AutoCAD

Moving and copying are frequently needed when working on a CAD project.

It is time to learn how to Move and Copy objects in AutoCAD. These two simple commands are very important.

The following commands work just as they 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.

move command in autocad

To use the MOVE command

  1. Select the object to move (or objects to move)
  2. Click on the icon shown in the image above.
  3. Select the base point with a click (don’t  hold)
  4. 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. The ORTHO mode will ensure you are moving in a straight line.


Let’s Move the 6 circles below to the right

dimension of move in autocad
Step 1

Activate the ORTHO mode to constrain the cursor movement orthogonally

Step 2

Select circles

selection whole autocad
Step 3

Click on the MOVE icon

Step 4

Select the base point

selecting circle autocad
moving circle autocad
Step 5

Move your cursor to the right, leave the mouse in that position, Enter 55, and Hit Enter.

 Final figure
2d circle with rectangle autocad

Copy an object in AutoCAD

copy autocad

The COPY command works similarly to the Move command, leaving a copy of the original object in its position.

It works as it would in other Windows applications, 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 also use the technique we used above to place the copy at a certain distance and angle from the original item.


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