Pan a Distance Within a Viewport

Need to pan your view within a viewport a specific distance?

Here’s how:

  • Double click the viewport to activate it
  • -P <enter> to start the pan command in the command line
  • Pick a point inside of the viewport to specify the base point
  • Move the cursor in the desired direction of the pan (use ortho)
  • Enter the specific distance and hit <enter>

Thanks to Garreth for the tip!!!



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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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9 Responses to Pan a Distance Within a Viewport

  1. tim says:

    I USED to do this all the time, in earlier versions of ACAD now when I hit pan I just get a hand cursor that I can drag the view with, but cannot pick a point or access other variables that usedto be there. What’s up?
    thanks for the help

  2. Edgar says:

    It works perfect. Thanks for the tip and for the – detail it got me as well. I guess sometime I look but don’t see!

  3. Eric Doll says:

    Awesome! Thanks.

  4. Garreth says:

    Brill! Thanks!

  5. johanna says:

    Thanks! Very helpful indeed =)
    also you can actually move all directions at the same time
    1) -p
    2) x,y,z
    3) instead of specifiing the second point just click enter

  6. desperateautocaduser says:


  7. Jorge says:

    Do you know how to take as second point a reference point or snap from the very viewport?

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