How to enter Distances

by GRAPHISOFT and TomWaltz · updated: 04.06.2011
  • Select Wall Tool (or line, or polyline, etc), then click where you want to start (checkmark icon if you are snapping to an existing point or origin)
  • Move the mouse in the direction you want to go and press Shift to make orthogonal
  • Release the mouse, keep holding down the shift key
  • Press “R” and release Shift
  • Don’t touch the mouse or the keyboard, and look at the Coordinate Palette at the bottom of the screen, You will see the “R” text highlighted.
  • Type the distance and press Enter/Return. (Remember that Archicad is different from AutoCAD in that if you don’t specify if it is inches/feet it will assume it is feet. 1.5 in Archicad = 1′-6″, in AutoCAD = 1.5″)
  • if you want to change the angle type “A” and type the angle, press enter.

For Version 10 [or later]:

  • Draw or select your elements (wall, doors, windows, etc.)
  • Start moving your cursor to the direction you want to move/stretch it to–a small pop up window box appears on the upper right hand of your element [this is the Tracker Palette – which must be active – it can be turned on and off using the Tracker icon in the toolbar – usually found at the top of the screen]
  • Without releasing or moving your mouse, type “D” and the distance fill in box is highlighted. Enter the distance in the format you had set up–either US Architecrural or metric [Actually, typing the letter “D” is optional; you can simply type in the distance and it will automatically replace the value showing in the Tracker box. This is based on the default preference setting to “Prefer Relative Coordinates in Tracker” set in Options / Work Environment / Coordinate Input.]
  • Hit enter. Your element has moved/stretched to the exact distance you typed in. [You may enter a second value by typing the coordinate letter e.g. “A” then the value, then “Enter”; and can input X and Y offset values instead of Distance and Angle simply by typing “X” and/or “Y” and the appropriate value(s) then “Enter”.]
  • Same procedure applies to angle movement. Just type in “A” instead of “D”. above.
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