On-Screen Input Aids

The Intelligent Cursor

The cursor changes shape as you work, depending on the tool you are using, and whether an editing/input operation is underway or not. Cursor …

Tracker

Coordinate values are displayed in the Tracker, which follows your mouse movements and is available in any editable window type.
The …

Ruler

The Ruler is an editing aid that can be placed at the top and left side of the screen in every ARCHICAD window, except the 3D Window and …

Measure Tool

The Measure tool, located in the Standard toolbar, allows you to measure distances and areas in the project.
 
It is a temporary, …

Set up Construction Grid

Grids can be defined separately for the Floor Plan and any individual Section/Elevation/IE, 3D Document, Detail/Worksheet, or Layout window. Note …

Set up Snap Grid

The Snap Grid is an invisible grid that you can use optionally to make input easier, by having the cursor snap to a predefined distances.

Snap to Grid

The Grid Snap function (Alt+S) assists in the precise graphic alignment of elements, even at low zoom levels. When grid snap is active, the …

Snap Guides

 Snap Guides are temporary lines and arcs that appear along existing elements, to assist accurate element placement.
 
Unlike …

Guide Lines

Guide Lines (and Guide Circles) are drafting aids which help you find special points and projections, to ensure precise input in both 2D and 3D …

Snap Points

Snap Points are temporary hotspots that appear at particular intervals (defined by you) on elements, to help you place and draw new elements …

Editing Plane in 3D Window

When you open the 3D window, an editing plane automatically appears: new elements will be placed onto this editing plane.
If you begin element …

Magic Wand

The Magic Wand (shortcut: Spacebar) saves you work by finding and tracing a linear or polygon shape from among existing elements, and then …

Gravity

When placing a new Wall, Column, Beam or Object-type element (including a Level Dimension), you can use the Gravity function to automatically …

Mouse Constraints

ARCHICAD’s Mouse Constraints are editing aids that can be used as an alternative to Snap Guides and Guide Lines.
See Snap Guides and …

Coordinate Constraints

You can lock a cursor coordinate and thereby restrict the movement of the cursor by pressing Alt (Windows) or Opt (Mac) and either X, Y, …

Cursor Snap Range

To help locate hotspots on the screen, the cursor gravitates toward edges and nodes. The attraction of the cursor by elements is defined in pixels …