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Chapter 7. Creating Elementary Objects > Using the POLYGON Command

Using the POLYGON Command

In AutoCAD, you use the POLYGON command to create regular polygons with sides of equal length. You can draw a polygon composed of from 3 to 1,024 sides. After you specify the number of sides, several options are available for completing the polygon:

  • Enter number of sides: At this prompt, enter the number of sides (3 to 1,024).

  • Specify center of polygon or [Edge]: At this prompt, choose whether you want to define the polygon by specifying its center or the endpoints of an edge.

  • Enter an option [Inscribed in Circle/Circumscribed about Circle]: This prompt appears if you choose the center option. If you choose Inscribed in Circle, all vertices of the polygon fall on the circle; if you choose Circumscribed about Circle, the radius equals the distance from the center of the polygon to the midpoints of the edges. If you use the pointing device to specify the radius, you dynamically determine the rotation and size of the polygon. If you specify the radius of the circle by typing a specific entry, the angle at the bottom edge of the polygon equals the current snap rotation angle (usually zero degrees).

  • Specify first endpoint of edge, Specify second endpoint of edge: If you place the polygon by specifying its edge, these prompts enable you to specify the endpoint of one edge.


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