Quick Reference

Measures the distance and angle between two points.

Access Method

 Command entry: 'dist for transparent use


In general, the DIST command reports 3D distances in model space and 2D distances on a layout in paper space.

In model space, changes in X, Y, and Z component distances and angles are measured in 3D relative to the current UCS.

In paper space, distances are normally reported in 2D paper space units. However, when using object snaps on model space objects that are displayed in a single viewport, distances are reported as 2D model space distances projected onto a plane parallel to your screen.

List of Prompts

The following prompts are displayed.

Specify first point: Specify a point

Specify second point or <Multiple points>: Specify a second point

The distance is displayed in the current units format.

DIST assumes the current elevation for the first or second point if you omit the Z coordinate value.

NoteWhen using the DIST command for 3D distances, it is recommended that you switch to model space.
Multiple Points

If you specify multiple points, a running total of the distance based on the existing line segments and the current rubberband line is displayed in the tooltip. A dynamic dimension is also displayed. The distance is updated as you move the cursor.