Quick Reference

Creates concentric circles, parallel lines, and parallel curves.

Access Methods


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You can offset an object at a specified distance or through a point. After you offset objects, you can trim and extend them as an efficient method to create drawings containing many parallel lines and curves.

The OFFSET command repeats for convenience. To exit the command, press Enter.

List of Prompts

The following prompts are displayed.

Current settings: Erase source = current Layer = current OFFSETGAPTYPE = current

Specify Offset Distanceor [Through/Erase/Layer] <current>: Specify a distance, enter an option, or press Enter

Offset Distance

Creates an object at a specified distance from an existing object.


Exits the OFFSET command.


Enters the Multiple offset mode, which repeats the offset operation using the current offset distance.


Reverses the previous offset.


Creates an object passing through a specified point.

NoteFor best results when you offset a polyline with corners, specify the through point near the midpoint of a line segment, not near a corner.


Erases the source object after it is offset.


Determines whether offset objects are created on the current layer or on the layer of the source object.