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Creates a 2D polyline.

Access Methods

Button

 Ribbon: Home tabDraw panelPolylineNot available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Menu: DrawPolylineNot available in menus in the current workspace
 Toolbar: Draw 

Summary

A 2D polyline is a connected sequence of segments created as a single planar object. You can create straight line segments, arc segments, or a combination of the two.

NoteAt least two points must be specified to use the Close option.

The PLINEGEN system variable controls the linetype pattern display around and the smoothness of the vertices of a 2D polyline. Setting PLINEGEN to 1 generates new polylines in a continuous pattern around the vertices of the completed polyline. Setting PLINEGEN to 0 starts and ends the polyline with a dash at each vertex. PLINEGEN does not apply to polylines with tapered segments.

List of Prompts

The following prompts are displayed.

Specify start point: Specify a point

Current line-width is <current>

Specify next point or [Arc/Close/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width]: Specify a point or enter an option

Next Point

Draws a line segment. The previous prompt is repeated.

Arc

Adds arc segments to the polyline.

Specify endpoint of arc or

[Angle/CEnter/CLose/Direction/Halfwidth/Line/Radius/Second pt/Undo/Width]: Specify a point (2) or enter an option

NoteFor the Center option of the PLINE command, enter ce; for the Center object snap, enter cen or center.

Endpoint of Arc

Draws an arc segment. The arc segment is tangent to the previous segment of the polyline. The previous prompt is repeated.

Angle

Specifies the included angle of the arc segment from the start point.

Specify included angle:

Entering a positive number creates counterclockwise arc segments. Entering a negative number creates clockwise arc segments.

Specify endpoint of arc or [Center/Radius]: Specify a point or enter an option

Endpoint of Arc

Specifies the endpoint and draws the arc segment.

Center

Specifies the center of the arc segment.

Specify center point of arc:

Radius

Specifies the radius of the arc segment.

Specify radius of arc: Specify a distance

Specify direction of chord for arc <current>: Specify a point or press ENTER

Center

Specifies the center of the arc segment.

Specify center point of arc: Specify a point (2)

Specify endpoint of arc or [Angle/Length]: Specify a point (3) or enter an option

Endpoint of Arc

Specifies the endpoint and draws the arc segment.

Angle

Specifies the included angle of the arc segment from the start point.

Specify included angle:

Length

Specifies the chord length of the arc segment. If the previous segment is an arc, the new arc segment is drawn tangent to the previous arc segment.

Specify length of chord:

Close

Draws an arc segment from the last point specified to the starting point, creating a closed polyline. At least two points must be specified to use this option.

Direction

Specifies a starting direction for the arc segment.

Specify the tangent direction from the start point of arc: Specify a point (2)

Specify endpoint of arc: Specify a point (3)

Halfwidth

Specifies the width from the center of a wide polyline segment to one of its edges.

Specify starting half-width <current>: Enter a value or press ENTER

Specify ending half-width <starting width>: Enter a value or press ENTER

The starting half-width becomes the default ending half-width. The ending half-width becomes the uniform half-width for all subsequent segments until you change the half-width again. The starting and ending points of wide line segments are at the center of the line.

Typically, the intersections of adjacent wide polyline segments are beveled. No beveling is performed for nontangent arc segments or very acute angles or when a dot-dash linetype is used.

Line

Exits the Arc option and returns to the initial PLINE command prompts.

Radius

Specifies the radius of the arc segment.

Specify radius of arc: Specify a distance

Specify endpoint of arc or [Angle]: Specify a point or enter a

Endpoint of Arc

Specifies the endpoint and draws the arc segment.

Angle

Specifies the included angle for the arc segment.

Specify included angle:

Specify direction of chord for arc <current>: Specify an angle or press ENTER

Second Pt

Specifies the second point and endpoint of a three-point arc.

Specify second point on arc: Specify a point (2)

Specify end point of arc: Specify a point (3)

Undo

Removes the most recent arc segment added to the polyline.

Width

Specifies the width of the next arc segment.

Specify starting width <current>: Enter a value or press ENTER

Specify ending width <starting width>: Enter a value or press ENTER

The starting width becomes the default ending width. The ending width becomes the uniform width for all subsequent segments until you change the width again. The starting and ending points of wide line segments are at the center of the line.

Typically, the intersections of adjacent wide polyline segments are beveled. No beveling is performed for nontangent arc segments, very acute angles, or when a dot-dash linetype is used.

Close

Draws a line segment from the last point specified to the starting point, creating a closed polyline. At least two points must be specified to use this option.

Halfwidth

Specifies the width from the center of a wide polyline line segment to one of its edges.

Specify starting half-width <current>: Enter a value or press ENTER

Specify ending half-width <current>: Enter a value or press ENTER

The starting half-width becomes the default ending half-width. The ending half-width becomes the uniform half-width for all subsequent segments until you change the half-width again. The starting and ending points of wide line segments are at the center of the line.

Typically, the intersections of adjacent wide polyline segments are beveled. No beveling is performed for nontangent arc segments or very acute angles or when a dot-dash linetype is used.

Length

Draws a line segment of a specified length at the same angle as the previous segment. If the previous segment is an arc, the new line segment is drawn tangent to that arc segment.

Specify length of line: Specify a distance

Undo

Removes the most recent line segment added to the polyline.

Width

Specifies the width of the next line segment.

Specify starting width <current>: Enter a value or press ENTER

Specify ending width <starting width>: Enter a value or press ENTER

The starting width becomes the default ending width. The ending width becomes the uniform width for all subsequent segments until you change the width again. The starting and ending points of wide line segments are at the center of the line.

Typically, the intersections of adjacent wide polyline segments are beveled. No beveling is performed for nontangent arc segments or very acute angles or when a dot-dash linetype is used.