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AutoCAD's Move and Copy Commands

by Jos van Doorn
October 12, 2001

When the MOVE command is invoked in AutoCAD 14 then the following prompts are displayed:

  • Select objects:
  • Base point or displacement:
  • Second point of displacement:

At the first prompt objects are selected. The selected objects will be moved. Pressing the RETURN key or the right mouse button terminates selection of objects.

At the second prompt a base point can be entered. If so then the selected objects are moved to the point that's entered at the third prompt.

Alternatively also a displacement can be entered at the second prompt. The displacement is entered with an X value and an Y value, separated by a comma.

An example of the displacement is 10,10. The selected objects are moved 10 screen units in the X direction and 10 screen units in the Y direction.

If a displacement is entered then the RETURN key is pressed at the second prompt or the right mouse button is clicked.

The prompts of the COPY command are:

  • Select objects:
  • Base point or displacement/Multiple:
  • Second point of displacement:

Again a displacement can be entered at the second prompt. The entered displacement is the same as the displacement entered with the MOVE command.

Using the COPY command also multiple copies can be made. To do that M is entered at the second prompt. The following prompts are then displayed:

  • Base point:
  • Second point of displacement:

A base point must be entered. It's not possible to enter a displacement at the first prompt. At the second prompt numbers can be entered.

The numbers indicate the displacement in the X direction and the Y direction. But the numbers must be preceded by @.

An example is @10,10. After entering the numbers the second prompt is repeated. And again numbers can be entered. Clicking the right mouse button terminates the command.

AutoCAD 2000 has the same options. Different is the prompts that are displayed. The prompts for the MOVE command are:

  • Select objects:
  • Specify base point or displacement:
  • Specify second point of displacement or 
    <use first point as displacement>

If a displacement is entered at the second prompt then at the third prompt the RETURN key is pressed or the right mouse button is clicked.

The prompts for the COPY command are:

  • Select objects:
  • Specify base point or displacement, or [Multiple]:
  • Specify second point of displacement or 
    <use first point as displacement>

What goes for AutoCAD 14 also goes for AutoCAD 2000 as far as the COPY command is concerned. But again the prompts have changed.

To make multiple copies of the selected objects M is entered at the second prompt. Then the following prompts are displayed:

  • Specify base point:
  • Specify second point of displacement or 
    <use first point as displacement>

Also here a base point must be entered and numbers for the displacement can be entered. But the numbers must be preceded by @.

About the Author

Jos van Doorn is an AutoCAD specialist and AutoLISP programmer. You can contact him by email with questions about this article at acadconsult@post.com. He is also publisher of the free ACAD Newsletter, which deals with AutoCAD and AutoLISP issues. To subscribe, visit the newsletter's webpage or send a blank email to: acadnewsletter-subscribe@topica.com. For a free course in AutoLISP, send an email to: autolisp@freeautobot.com.

 
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