Drag, reshape and resize drawing objects

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Drag, reshape and resize drawing objects

Many drawing objects, dimension lines and leader lines of many drawing objects have handles. You can use these handles to reshape, and resize objects. You can also drag the objects. If you have activated the Drawing drag & drop switch, you do not need to select the handles separately to reshape, resize, or drag.

Drag annotations, sketch objects and grid lines

To drag, resize or reshape:

  • In an open drawing, go to the File menu, click Settings and select the Drawing drag & drop check box. After this, you can move drawing objects such as annotations, sketch objects and grid lines without selecting the objects first.

  • To move handle points of sketch objects without first selecting the handle when you have activated Drawing drag & drop: Hold down the left-mouse button close to the handle point and drag the handle point to the new position.

    Note that if you want to drag the handle points of grid labels, you need to select the grid line first.

Drag dimension points

  • Straight (linear) dimensions in drawings can be modified by dragging the dimensions from dimension handles.

  • Dragging in single dimension lines: If you try to drag a dimension point to a new position that is located behind an existing dimension point, the selected dimension point will be deleted from the old position and recreated in the new, preferred position. If you try to drag the point to the same coordinate position where the existing point is already located, the dragged dimension point is dropped back automatically to the initial position.

  • Dragging in dimension sets: If you try to drag the point into the area between two points of neighbor dimension line, the selected dimension point will be deleted from the old position and recreated in the new, preferred position. If you try to drag the point to the same coordinate position where the existing point is already located, the dragged dimension point will be deleted from the old location and will be combined with the existing one, after dropping to the new location.

  • Dragging a dimension point with a zero coordinate in running dimensions allows you to change the coordinate of the start dimension point without running the Set dimension start point command.

  • Note that if Drawing drag & drop switch is activated, the dimension point handle can be dragged without selecting the handle first.
Note:

If you drag a mark, note, text or dimension, its placing setting may be set to fixed depending what its set for the advanced options listed below. The mark, note, text or dimension stays where it is even though you update the drawing. You may want to check the settings for the following advanced options:

XS_​CHANGE_​DRAGGED_​DIMENSIONS_​TO_​FIXED

XS_​CHANGE_​DRAGGED_​MARKS_​TO_​FIXED

XS_​CHANGE_​DRAGGED_​NOTES_​TO_​FIXED

XS_​CHANGE_​DRAGGED_​TEXTS_​TO_​FIXED.

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