Modify Element Sizes

Different element types have different characteristic dimensions: length, width, height, thickness, opening angle, etc. Some of these are easiest to modify numerically, by selecting the given element, opening its settings dialog box and adjusting the relevant values.

Some dimensions, however, cannot be modified numerically (for example, the length of linear elements or edges), while some others need to be fitted exactly to other elements (walls to roofs, for example) which may make numeric adjustment a tedious calculation task. You may also need to change the overall dimensions of several elements at the same time while keeping their relative proportions.

In such cases, ARCHICAD allows you to modify element sizes using splitting, stretching and trimming operations.

Most of the operations can be performed in three ways:

Edit menu command

Keyboard Shortcuts

Commands from Pet Palettes

In some cases, only the pet palette is available.

Some general considerations:

You cannot stretch Hotspots, Cameras or Detail Markers.

Some GDL Object type elements are programmed to allow only specific sizes, or include smart editing hotspots to edit their shape graphically.

Stretch is available for most types of selected elements in both the Floor Plan and the 3D Window. Only drawing elements can be stretched in the Section/Elevation/IE, 3D Document and Detail/Worksheet windows.

The Stretch command cannot be used on polygonal elements, but you can stretch their edges or displace any of their nodes graphically.

Stretching Walls

Modifying Slanted Walls and Columns

Modifying Beams

Trim Elements Using Scissors

Reshaping Polygons and Chained Elements

Stretching with the Marquee Tool

Stretch Height

Resize (Enlarge or Reduce) Elements

Offset All Edges

Splitting Elements

Adjusting Elements

Adjust Elements to Slabs

Intersect Two Elements

Create a Fillet or Chamfer

Adding Element Nodes

Move Nodes

Curve/Straighten Element Edge

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Subtopics

Stretching Walls

To stretch/shrink the length of straight Walls with the menu command: 1.Select a wall. 2.Choose the Edit > Reshape > ...

Modifying Beams

Stretch/shrink Beams 1.Select a beam on the Floor Plan or in 3D. Note: Beams can also be stretched/shrunk in Section view, if the Beam ...

Stretch Height

In the 3D, Section/Elevation and IE windows, you can modify the height of selected elements graphically with Stretch height command of the pet ...

Splitting Elements

You can split many selected elements (Walls, Beams, Lines, Slabs, Roofs, Meshes, Fill and Zone Polygons, Lines, Arcs, Polylines and Splines) along ...

Adjusting Elements

Use the Adjust command to extend or trim the endpoints of selected Walls, Beams, Arcs and Lines to a Line, Arc segment or element ...

Adjust Elements to Slabs

Use this function (Edit > Reshape > Adjust Elements to Slabs) to easily adjust elements (Walls, Columns, or horizontal Beams) to ...

Trim Elements Using Scissors

Use the Trim command to remove the part of an element extending beyond its intersection point with another element, or to cut out part of the ...

Adding Element Nodes

You can add new nodes to elements using the pet palette. Adding a node to a straight linear element creates an additional element. Adding a ...

Move Nodes

With the Move node icon of the pet palette, you can reposition the node of a polygon type element.        ...