Throughout this book I’ve shown you ways of using the Grips feature to edit drawings. When and how you use them will really depend on your preference but there are situations where grip editing makes more Here you’ll explore some very basic situations where grips can be useful Now suppose you want to change the location and orientation of the kitchen In this exercise you will use the Grips feature to do just that.
1. Set up a view similar to the one in Figure 12.19 and turn Polar Tracking on.
2. Add the horizontal line at the top of the kitchen as shown in Figure 12.19.
3. Fillet the new line with the vertical wall line to the right of the unit.
4. Click the kitchen.
5. Click the grip in the upper-left comer to make it a hot grip. The grip changes from hollow to solid.
6. Right-click the mouse and then choose Rotate from the popup menu. (You can also press.J two times until you see the *** ROTATE *** message at the prompt.)
Remember that the spacebar acts the same as the .J key for most commands including the Grips modes
7. Enter -90 or rotate the kitchen by pointing the cursor downward until the tracking vector appears then click the mouse
8. Click the kitchen grip again; then, using the Endpoint Osnap click the upper right comer of the room.
9. Press the Ese key twice to clear the grip selection. Your drawing should look like Figure 12.20
Because the kitchenette is a block, its grip point is the same as i insertion point. This makes the kitchenette block-as are all blocks-a great candidate for grip editing. Remember that the door too,is a block.
Sigling Out Proxiate Objects
Chapter 3 mentioned that you will encounter situations where you need -to select an object that is overlapping or very close to another object. Often in this situation you end up selecting the wrong object. To help you select the exact object you want Auto- CAD offers the Selection Cycling tool and the Object Selection Settings dialog box
Selection Cycling lets you cycle through objects that overlap until you select the one you want. To use this feature hold down the Ctrl key and click the object you want to select. If the first object highlighted is not the one you want click again, but this time don’t hold down the Ctrl key. When several objects are overlapping just keep clicking until the right object is highlighted and selected. When the object you want is highlighted, press .J, and then go on to select other objects or press .J to finish the selection process. You may want to practice using selection cycling a few times to get the hang of it. It can be a bit confusing at first, but once you’ve gotten accustomed to how it works the Selection Cycling tool can be invaluable.
you are a veteran AutoCAD user you may have grown accustomed to selecting the most recently created object of two overlapping objects by simply clicking it. In later versions of AutoCAD, you don’t always get to the most recently drawn object when you click overlapping objects. But AutoCAD offers user-definable controls that set the method of selecting overlapping objects. These controls change the way AutoCAD selects overlapping objects.
If you prefer, you can set up AutoCAD to offer the most recently drawn object. Youcan use the User Preferences tab of the Options dialog box to set up the selection method. To get there, click Tools >Options, then click the User Preferences tab.
The Object Sorting Methods button group of this tab lets you set the sort method for a variety of operations. If you enable any of the operations listed AutoCAD sorts objects based on the order that they were added to the drawing. You will probably not want to change the sort method for Object Snaps or Regens. But by checking Object Selection you can control which of two overlapping lines are selected when you click them. For plotting and for PostScript output you can control the overlay of screened or hatched areas.
These settings can also be controlled through system variables. See Appendix 0 for details.
When you use the Draworder command (the Tools> Display Order options) all the options in the Object Sorting Methods button group of the User Preferences tab of the Options dialog box are turned on