LayOut Line Tool: Creating precise lines

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Creating precise lines

The Measurements field allows you to accurately define your lines. You can create precise lines by explicitly typing the starting point and next point locations in the Measurements field. The Measurements field prompt changes to 'Point' when the Line tool is selected.

Defining the start point location

You can set the start point of an line, before making the first click with the mouse, using absolute coordinates. For example, to set the start point to location 10",2", type [10",2"] followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X). The Measurements field prompt changes to 'Length' after a start point has been established.

Absolute coordinates are measured from the upper left-hand corner of the page.

Defining the next point location

You can define the next point location in absolute coordinates, relative coordinates, and polar coordinates.

Absolute coordinates: You can set the next point of an line, after setting the start point, using absolute coordinates. For example, to set the next point to location 10",2", type [10",2"] followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X).

Absolute coordinates are measured from the upper left-hand corner of the page.

Relative coordinates: You can set the next point of a line, after setting the start point, relative to the start point of the line. For example, to set the next point 11" to the right and 4" below, type 11,4 or followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X).

Polar coordinates: You can set the next point of a line, after setting the start point, in polar coordinates (angle and length). For example, to set the next point, in polar coordinates, to 45 degrees (measured counter-clockwise from the positive x-axis) and 2 inches from the start point, type ^45,2" followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X).

Note: You can continue to change the length of a single line, by entering the length of the line in the Measurements field, until you draw another line or select a new tool.