AutoCad - Easily Move Objects In 3D Space With The Move Grip Tool (2007)

Moving objects in 3D space has always been somewhat difficult. You could use grips, but it wasn't always easy to visualize in which direction you were moving. The MOVE command was somewhat slow and awkward for 3D moving. In AutoCAD 2007, you can manage the process more easily with the move grip tool. The purpose of this tool is to help you visualize the three axes as you're moving. Note that the default grid also helps. When you select an object, the move grip tool appears automatically (unless you're in the 2D Wireframe visual style).

Here are the steps to use it:

  1. With no command active, select an object.
  2. Hover the cursor over any square grip and the move grip tool jumps to that grip.
  3. To move along any axis, pass the cursor over that axis until it turns yellow and you see a thin line (the same color as the axis) extending in both directions.
  4. Click on that axis and move the cursor in either direction along the axis. You can enter a distance or click where you want the grip to go (such as an OSNAP point).

To check the current visual style, display the Dashboard (enter dashboard on the command line) and look at the active style in the Visual Styles drop-down list. If you decide that you don't ever want to use the move grip tool, you can set the GTAUTO system variable to 0 (zero).

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