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    Hi, I'm trying to draw a line that is tangent to two different-sized circles. I was able to snap one end of the line to the tangent on one of the circles, but was stumped on the second one because the tangent is relative to the point at the other end of the line. Is there any really cool, fancy way to do this that I don't know about? =)

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    I think you've got it right, use the Tan snap on both circles. Note that this won't work using a polyline, you have to use a line.

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    thanks! It worked. I was just doing it the wrong way.

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    you've got me curious now... what is the wrong way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strix View Post
    you've got me curious now... what is the wrong way?
    Fact is, I've never had any formal training in AutoCAD. I'm only 17 now and was introduced to AutoCAD at the age of 14. Since then, I've been learning as best I can. On a hunch, I half-accidentally discovered that when you use the LINE command, you can then type TAN to automatically snap to the tangent of a circle--for some reason, even though the OSNAP setting was correct, it wouldn't snap to the tangent.

    Thanks for your help, everyone!

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