This command creates a linear dimension between two points. This dimension can be Horizontal, Vertical or Aligned depending upon the cursor position when picking the third point or by selection of either of the H, V or A keys.
Select the 'Linear Dimension' button
and the Ribbon changes to show the current
You can change any of these settings whilst you are creating the dimension. The command prompt reads:
Give First Point:
Select the first point to dimension using any of the snaps and input options.
A dynamic line will be drawn from this point to the cursor. The prompt now reads:
Give Second Point:
Select the second point to dimension using any of the snaps and input options.
Draft it now creates a dynamic dimension attached to the cursor and the prompt reads:
Give Dimension Position (H)orizontal, (V)ertical or (A)ligned:
Select the position of the dimension using any of the snaps and input options.
The position of this point relative to the two previous points controls the dimension orientation.
If the dimension position is between the first 2 points horizontally then the dimension will be horizontal. If the dimension position is not between the first 2 points horizontally
but is between them vertically then the dimension will be vertical. If the dimension position is not between the first 2 points both horizontally and vertically then the dimension
will be aligned to the 2 points.*
* Except when either the H, V or A keyboard keys are hit. Hit thekey and the dimension
is always horizontal, similarlyforces the dimension to be vertical and
Once any of the keys has been hit the cursor position has no affect on the dimension orientation only its position.
The dimension text is always placed centrally between the two dimension points except when it is an aligned dimension and the dimension position is outside of the two points (top left and bottom right corners).