Quick Reference

Enlarges or reduces selected objects, keeping the proportions of the object the same after scaling.

Access Methods


 Ribbon: Home tabModify panelScaleNot available on the ribbon in the current workspace
 Menu: Modify ScaleNot available in menus in the current workspace
 Toolbar: Modify 
 Shortcut menu: Select the objects to scale, and right-click in the drawing area. Click Scale.


To scale an object, specify a base point and a scale factor. The base point acts as the center of the scaling operation and remains stationary. A scale factor greater than 1 enlarges the object. A scale factor between 0 and 1 shrinks the object.

List of Prompts

The following prompts are displayed.

Select objects: Use an object selection method and press Enter when you finish

Specify base point: Specify a point

The base point you specify identifies the point that remains in the same location as the selected objects change size (and thus move away from the stationary base point).

NoteWhen you use the SCALE command with annotative objects, the position or location of the object is scaled relative to the base point of the scale operation, but the size of the object is not changed.

Specify scale factor or [Copy/Reference]: Specify a scale, enter c, or enter r

Scale Factor

Multiplies the dimensions of the selected objects by the specified scale. A scale factor greater than 1 enlarges the objects. A scale factor between 0 and 1 shrinks the objects. You can also drag the cursor to make the object larger or smaller.


Creates a copy of the selected objects for scaling.


Scales the selected objects based on a reference length and a specified new length.