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Chapter 11. Advanced Geometry Editing > Invoking the Grip Editing Copy Option

Invoking the Grip Editing Copy Option

A Copy option also exists in each of the five grip editing modes. When this option is invoked, the original objects are left unchanged and any changes are made to copies of the original. An alternative when using the Copy option is to hold down the Shift key after you have placed the first copy. Be aware, however, that if you continue to press the Shift key, AutoCAD uses the distance and direction between the original object and the first copy point to create a set of invisible snap points. For the STRETCH, MOVE, and SCALE commands, the snap points are arranged into a grid, with one of the grid axes running from the base point to the first selected point (see Figure 11.9).

Figure 11.9. The Shift key can be used to place copies with temporary invisible snap points that are arranged into a snap-like grid. (Invisible snap points shown for clarity.)



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