LENGTHEN lines at an angle

If you need to lengthen a line, especially if the line is at an angle other than horizontal or vertical, this command is for you. It will lengthen a line and keep it in the angles that it originally was. Usually, if you select a line that is at an angle and then click a grip to  lengthen it, you will not be able to keep the angle. (Note: in AutoCAD 2012 select a line and then hover over and endpoint grip and you will see the option for LENGTHEN.)

  • LENGTHEN <enter> or LEN <enter>

or on the ribbon:

  • Home Tab > Modify Panel > Lengthen button (in the drop-down) as seen below.
  • After starting the Lengthen command, notice that there are options in the command line.
  • DY <enter> to star the “dynamic” function of the lengthen command.
  • select the side of the line that you would like to lengthen or shorten.
  • after selecting the line, move your cursor in the desired direction and either click to end the “lengthening” or enter a number.
In the animated example, I lengthened and shortened the lines by six inches
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3 Responses to LENGTHEN lines at an angle

  1. Pingback: Lengthen Polyline Endpoint & Vertex | AutoCAD Tips

  2. Priya says:

    omg..thank you so much. I always do angled lines line this and was never able to lengthen it the simple way. This helped me so so much. Thanks!

  3. Sam says:

    What Priya said. Very helpful lil’ tip, cheers!

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