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Dimensioning your drawing - Creating dimensions

Creating linear dimensions

Linear dimensions annotate linear distances or lengths and can be oriented horizontally, vertically, or aligned parallel to an existing entity or to the selected extension origin points. After you create a linear dimension, you can add a baseline dimension or a continued dimension. A linear baseline dimension inserts an additional dimension from a common first extension line origin of a previous linear dimension. A linear continued dimension continues a linear dimension from the second extension line of a previous linear dimension.

Tip To select precise ordinate points, use entity snaps.
To create a horizontal or vertical dimension
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Dimension > Linear.
  3. On the Dimension toolbar, click the Linear Dimension tool (
  4. ).
  • Type dimlinear and then press Enter.
  • Press Enter, and then select the entity to dimension.

Or, you can insert the dimension by specifying the first and second extension line origins.