Aligning Elements

Use the Align tool to align one or more elements with a selected element. This tool is generally used to align walls, beams, and lines, but it can be used with other types of elements as well. The elements to align can be of the same type, or they can be from different families. You can align elements in a plan view or elevation view only.

For example, you can use the Align tool to do the following:

Grid line with 4 columns

Align columns with grid lines

Selected point to align to an element

Element and point joined

To align elements:

  1. Click Modify tabEdit panelAlign.

    The cursor appears with the align symbol .

  2. On the Options Bar, select the desired options:
  3. Select the reference element (the element to align other elements to).
  4. Select one or more elements to align with the reference element.
    NoteBefore selecting, move the cursor over the element until the part of the element to align with the reference element is highlighted. Then click it.
  5. If you want the selected elements to stay aligned with the reference element (if you later move it), click the padlock to lock the alignment. If the padlock symbol has disappeared because you have done something else, click Modify and select the reference element to make the symbol reappear.
  6. To start a new alignment, press ESC once.
  7. To exit the Align tool, press ESC twice.