Rectangle Center


This topic will explain the Rectangle Center function, will explainwhere to find the function, and explain the options found in it.Thistopic will also give a brief description of Dynamic Drawing, the SnapIncrement function, explain creation with quick steps, and provide linksto related topics.

The Rectangle Center Function

The Rectangle Center function is used to create rectangles using sketching,data entry, or a combination of both.

Dynamic Drawing

This function supports Dynamic Drawing which allows you to use a combination of sketching and data entry to create the entities. After initially sketching the entity, it becomes an active entity, which is an entity that is in Modify Mode. Entities in Modify Mode display in the current Entity color, but displays with a greater line thickness to make them easier to identify. Active entities can be modified using data entry. The benefit of Dynamic Drawing is that you can quickly sketch a point to get the approximate result and then use data entry to update to the exact dimensions, and coordinate values as needed.


Entities in Modify Mode

Final Entities


In the images above, we see entities which are still in Modify Mode, followed by those same entities after they are finalized.

Snap Increment

This function support the use of the snap increment when selecting the location of the entities. The snap increment allows you to get precise results when using mouse selection and helps to reduce data entry modifications.


To learn more, view Snap Increment.

To open Rectangle:

  • In the Shapes group, of the Create 2D ribbon,click Rectangle.

The parameters display in the Data Entry Manager.

The Data Entry Parameters

Creation Options

The Creation Options allow you to select between different methods for creating rectangles in the same dialog.Click the associated icon to utilize the particular creation option.



  • Length (X) - sets the lengthof the rectangle along the X-axis of the Active UCS.
  • Width (Y) - sets the widthof the rectangle along the Y-axis of the Active UCS.
  • Angle - allows the rectangleto be rotated around the origin.

Base Point

The Base Point determines the coordinate locationof the rectangle using the XYZ coordinates of the active UCS.The selectedorigin location determines where the origin is on the entity.

  • X- is the X-axis location of the entity origin.

  • Y- is the Y-axis location of the entity origin.

  • Z- is the Z-axis location of the entity origin.

Tip: TheXYZ coordinates are in reference to the active UCS, or user coordinatesystem.

Option Option will allow youto specify which portion of the rectangle is used for the Origin.

Corner Type

  • Sharp Corner - creates the rectanglewith sharp corners.

  • Radius - creates the rectanglewith round corners using the Radius value.

  • Chamfer Length - creates the rectanglewith chamfered corners using the Chamfer value.

  • OK - finalizes the function.

  • Cancel - exits the function.

Quick Steps - Rectangle Center

Dynamic Drawing Method

  1. Open the function.

  2. Click a snap point or anywhere in the graphics areato set the center point of the rectangle.

    You can modify the snap incrementvalue or turn it off while selecting locations with the mouse.

  3. This is now the active entity, which means that itis not fully defined.

    After setting the center point of a rectangle, it changes from thePreview color to the current Entity color, but displays with a greaterline thickness than existing entities to show that it is the Activeentity.You can then modify the Data Entry parameters to update theactive entity.

  4. Dynamic Drawing allows you to update the Data Entryparameters to modify the active rectangle.

    After updating the Data Entry parameters, to finish the active entity,you can click OK or startsketching the next rectangle.

    When you don't need to update the Data Entry parameters, you can justclick to start the next rectangle.

Tip: Thereare many ways to finish the active entity: click OK, press Spacebar, orclick in the graphics area to start the next rectangle.

  1. Repeat this process for all rectangles to be created.

  2. To close the function, click Cancel.

Data Entry Method

Note: RectangleCenter is the only rectangle creation option that can be definedusing only data entry.

  1. Open the function, and select the RectangleCenter creation option.

  2. Define all Data Entry parameters needed forthe rectangle.

  3. Click OKto create the first rectangle.

  4. Update the Data Entry parameters, and clickOK to create the next rectangle.

  5. Repeat this process for as many rectanglesas needed.

  6. To close the function, click Cancel.

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