You can create objects at specific angles or in specific relationship to other objects along specified directions called alignment
AutoTrack ™ helps you draw objects at specific angles or in specific relationships to other objects. When you turn on AutoTrack, temporary
alignment paths help you create objects at precise positions and angles. AutoTrack includes two tracking options: polar tracking and
object snap tracking.
You can toggle AutoTrack on and off with the Polar and Otrack buttons on the status bar. Use temporary override keys to turn
object snap tracking on and off or to turn off all snapping and tracking.
Object snap tracking works in conjunction with object snaps. You must set an object snap before you can track from an object's
Object Snap Tracking
Use object snap tracking to track along alignment paths that are based on object snap points. Acquired points display a small
plus sign (+), and you can acquire up to seven tracking points at a time. After you acquire a point, horizontal, vertical,
or polar alignment paths relative to the point are displayed as you move the cursor over their drawing paths. For example,
you can select a point along a path based on an object endpoint or midpoint or an intersection between objects.
NoteYou can track Perpendicular or Tangent object snap from the last picked point in a command even if the object snap tracking
In the following illustration, the Endpoint object snap is on. You start a line by clicking its start point (1), move the
cursor over another line's endpoint (2) to acquire it, and then move the cursor along the horizontal alignment path to locate
the endpoint you want for the line you are drawing (3).
Change Object Snap Tracking Settings
By default, object snap tracking is set to orthogonal. Alignment paths are displayed at 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees from acquired
object points. However, you can use polar tracking angles instead. For object snap tracking, object points are automatically
Note You can choose to acquire points only when you press Shift.
Change Alignment Path Display
You can change how AutoTrack displays alignment paths, and you can change how object points are acquired for object snap
tracking. By default, alignment paths stretch to the end of the drawing window. You can change their display to abbreviated
lengths, or no length.
Tips for Using Object Snap Tracking
As you use AutoTrack (polar tracking and object snap tracking), you will discover techniques that make specific design tasks
easier. Here are a few you might try.
- Use Perpendicular, End, and Mid object snaps with object snap tracking to draw to points that are perpendicular to the end
and midpoints of objects.
- Use the Tangent and End object snaps with object snap tracking to draw to points that are tangent to the endpoints of arcs.
- Use object snap tracking with temporary tracking points. At a point prompt, enter tt, then specify a temporary tracking point. A small + appears at the point. As you move your cursor, AutoTrack alignment paths are displayed relative to the temporary point. To
remove the point, move the cursor back over the +.
- After you acquire an object snap point, use direct distance to specify points at precise distances along alignment paths from
the acquired object snap point. To specify a point prompt, select an object snap, move the cursor to display an alignment
path, then enter a distance at the prompt.
Note The direct distance entry method is not available while you are using the temporary override key for object snap tracking.
- Use the Automatic and Shift to Acquire options set on the Drafting tab of the Options dialog box to manage point acquisition.
Point acquisition is set to Automatic by default. When working in close quarters, press Shift to temporarily avoid acquiring