LayOut Dimension Tools: Creating linear dimensions with equal offset distances

Creating linear dimensions with equal offset distances

You can create several linear dimensions with the same offset easily by double-clicking after creating the first dimension. To create several linear dimensions at the same offset:

  1. Select the Linear Dimension tool (). The cursor changes to a pencil.
  2. Click at starting point of your dimension.
  3. Move the cursor perpendicular to create start and end extension lines.
  4. Click on the ending point of your dimension.
  5. Move the cursor perpendicular to create a the dimension lines.

  6. Tip: The dimension line is restricted to horizontal, perpendicular, or vertical to the two points that are being measured. Press the Alt (Microsoft Windows) or Option (Mac OS X) key to un-restrict the direction of the dimension line.


    Note: Press the Esc key at any point during the operation to start over.


  7. Click the left mouse button to set the length of the extension lines.
  8. Click at the starting point of your second dimension.
  9. Move the cursor over the ending point for the next dimension.
  10. Double-click the left mouse button. A dimension of the same height as the previous dimension is created.
Note: Create successive linear dimensions in a counter-clockwise direction to have dimensions appear on the outside of the object. Create successive linear dimensions in a clockwise direction to have dimensions appear on the inside of the object.


Note: The appearance of a dimension is determined by settings in the Dimensions (text positioning and units), Text Style(text style) and Shape Style (start and end points, line thickness, etc), dialog boxes.