1. ## Dimensioning a rectangle

Hello, and thank you for your time. I am obviously very new to this. I would like to draw a top view of a 4' x 8' platform. Is there an easy way to choose the rectangle tool and simply assign it these dimensions? Thanks for your time.

2. I use and teach the point and shoot method. Click on a start pt, point the mouse in the direction you want, then type in the size, use ORTHO, then return.

Nick

3. ## more detail

That makes some sense, but when you say type in the size, how is that done? 4' x 8' ? How is the 4' and the 8' actually typed in? And what is ORTHO?

Thanks,
mark

4. Alternatively, you could use relative co-ordinates. Start the Rectangle command, pick the lower-left corner of the rectangle and then enter @4,8 (assuming your drawing units are feet) at the command prompt.

5. Ortho is a drawing aid that helps you draw lines that are perfectly vertical or horizantal (parallell to the x or y axis). A line drawn in the X axis will be perpindicular (square to or @ 90 degrees to) to a line drawn in the Y axis with"Ortho" turned on. You should see a "button" at the bottom of your autocad screen that toggles "Ortho" on&off. I leave ortho on allmost constantly while I am drafting. Also to talk futher about entering dimentions for the "Rectangle" command your four by eight foot rectangle
could be entered as: @48,96 if your drawing units are set to inches. The
first number you enter after the"@" symbol will be in the X axis, and the
second will be in Y axis (running with the height of your screen). Dont forget to place a comma between the two digits. I knowthis is really basic stuff but we all have to start somewhere Dont forget to click on the Question mark at the top of your screen for the Autocad help files. Also read the command prompt area at yor screen bottom while you are in the midst of a command as that will teach you what to do to a certain extent. One other thing that helped me (and Still does) is getting your hands on a used or new Auto Cad School text book.The text books often have information that isnt found in Autocad help files.
Good Luck, Frank

6. ## Thank you

Thank you all very much, I really appreciate your time and patience.

Mark

7. ## Re: more detail

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Originally Posted by midasxl
That makes some sense, but when you say type in the size, how is that done? 4' x 8' ? How is the 4' and the 8' actually typed in? And what is ORTHO?

Thanks,
mark
I point my mouse in the direction req'd then type in
the size point mouse type in size etc etc

This works in Isometric snap as well.

When learning avoid the command line input. By all means
read it for prompts but avoid using relative, absolute etc.

Nick

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