Stretching Rectangles

Discussion in 'AutoCAD' started by Brynk, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. Brynk

    Brynk Guest

    I'm just learning AutoCAD LT 2004 and would appreciate some help

    I can stretch a rectangle by grabbing one corner in ortho mode and dropping
    it and then doing another corner, but there should be some way to grab a
    side and pulling.......I would think??

    The help function seems not too intuitive for newbies

    Brynk, Sep 1, 2004
  2. No. You have to use STRETCH and a crossing window.
    As for the help....the application dates from a text-based operating system
    and so is really text-oriented itself, as is the help.

    Over the years the GUI with pull-downs
    and buttons and dialogue boxes and grips have created multiple ways to
    do many things, but I recommend getting to know the commands you need
    to do your work. Keep an eye on the command line-it'll tell you a lot.

    Michael Bulatovich, Sep 1, 2004
  3. Brynk

    Paul Turvill Guest

    It sounds like you're using grips. You can also use the STRETCH command, and
    when prompted to select objects, use a crossing window to select the entire
    side you want to grab.
    Paul Turvill, Sep 1, 2004
  4. Brynk

    Brynk Guest

    Thanks, but I tried that

    I think I've figured it out though. I need to ungroup the rectangle 1st,
    then regroup it
    Brynk, Sep 1, 2004
  5. Brynk

    Brynk Guest

    Thanks, but I think I needed to ungroup the rectangle 1st
    Brynk, Sep 1, 2004
  6. Ungroup? You mean EXPLODE?

    Michael Bulatovich, Sep 1, 2004
  7. Brynk

    Paul Turvill Guest


    Paul Turvill, Sep 1, 2004
  8. Brynk

    Brynk Guest

    Yes, but the right click menu refers to Group and ungroup

    I was able to grab and stretch only after I selected ungroup, which I assume
    is the same as the explode icon on the toolbar

    Is this not necessary?
    Brynk, Sep 2, 2004
  9. Brynk

    Brynk Guest

    Select the object, right click.
    Group/Ungroup are options

    Is there another way?
    Brynk, Sep 2, 2004
  10. You can only "ungroup" a GROUP. There's really no such thing as a
    The command "RECTANGLE" makes an orthogonal closed POLYLINE with
    4 sides, but it's a POLYLINE or LWPOLYLINE. (LIST one for yourself.) It can
    easily be made non-orthogonal. (I hate it when that happens!)

    If you make a group out of LINES or POLYLINES,
    you can EXPLODE it with the prompt under -GROUP, or just use the EXPLODE
    command. If it was made of four lines, each will have a middle grip, that
    you can use to move it, but it won't modify the other lines. To do that you
    have to STRETCH.

    See my comment below about trying not to lean on the GUI too much
    while yourself a favor: Follow the command prompt closely.
    Michael Bulatovich, Sep 2, 2004
  11. With ACAD these days, there's almost always another way,
    that's one of the things that makes it so powerful ; )

    Each has its benefits/costs.
    Michael Bulatovich, Sep 2, 2004
  12. Brynk

    Brynk Guest

    Me or Paul?

    This is the 1st drafting program I've used since a 1996 version of Floorplan
    Plus 3D..........
    Brynk, Sep 2, 2004
  13. Brynk

    David Harper Guest


    Have you tried holding the shit and picking the 1st grip and then the 2nd
    corner grip making both "HOT"

    then with ortho on select on of the corners wou can then drag the rectangle
    to stretch it.

    David Harper, Sep 3, 2004
  14. Brynk

    CW Guest

    I rather not.
    CW, Sep 3, 2004
  15. Brynk

    Brynk Guest

    That did it!


    Brynk, Sep 3, 2004
  16. hehe.....and I thought *I* was a ham-fisted typist.
    Michael Bulatovich, Sep 3, 2004
  17. Thanks for that tip David.
    You never seem to find the bottom of this app.
    Michael Bulatovich, Sep 3, 2004
  18. Brynk

    David Harper Guest

    Sorry for the type all.

    Thanks for the good humored comments.
    I have been the butt of jokes in the past for my typing .

    I am trying to fix the typing trouble.
    David Harper, Sep 6, 2004
  19. Brynk

    CW Guest

    No problem. It added a little humor to the group.
    CW, Sep 6, 2004
  20. I could not go out in pubic without a good spellchecker....
    Michael Bulatovich, Sep 6, 2004
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