About Specifying Distances, Lengths, and Angles

# About Specifying Distances, Lengths, and Angles

When creating or moving objects, you can specify a point by moving the cursor to indicate
a direction and then entering the distance.

To specify a line length without entering coordinates, you can specify the second
point of the line by moving the cursor to indicate a direction and then entering the
distance from the first point. You can also enter calculated distances and points
using the QuickCalc calculator or the command line calculator (CAL).

You can use direct distance entry to specify points for all commands requiring more
than one point. When the cursor is locked to an angle with Ortho mode or polar tracking
is on, this method is an efficient way to create lines of specified length and direction,
and to move or copy objects.

## Specify an Angle Override

To specify an angle override, enter a left angle bracket (<) followed by an angle
whenever a command prompts you to specify a point. The example below demonstrates
how to specify a 30-degree angle override when you create a line.

Command: line

Specify first point: Specify a start point for the line

Specify next point or [Undo]: <30

Angle Override: 30

Specify next point or [Undo]: Specify a point

The angle you specify will lock the cursor, overriding Grid Snap, Ortho mode, and
PolarSnap. However, coordinates and object snaps take precedence over an angle override.

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