AutoCAD 2016 New Dimension Tool

Disclaimer: The dimension tool has been overhauled and is kind of “new”

The DIM tool (as shown below) is a one-stop-shop for most of your dimensions.

New DIM tool

You simply launch the tool and start selecting objects or if your OSNAPS are on, you start picking points and it will recognize if you are trying to create aligned or linear dimensions.

DIM tool one-stop-shop

DIM tool one-stop-shop

  • Also shown above is the common dimensions for arcs and circles.
    • Arcs are generally dimensioned with the “R” radius marking.
    • Circles are generally dimensioned with the ∅ diameter symbol

Circles Arc Dimension

Shown below – selecting 2 points and then placing the dimensions are either aligned or linear.

Aligned or Linear dimesnsions

Aligned or Linear dimesnsions


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4 Responses to AutoCAD 2016 New Dimension Tool

  1. Cody Fox says:

    These changes make dimensioning a much quicker process.

  2. Richard says:

    Can the New Dimension Tool be accessed from the command line? I still use the classic interface.


    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I just tried entering DIM and it launched the new version of the DIM command. Try using _DIM or ._DIM .
      The underscore tells AutoCAD to override and use the out-of-the-box command if the user may have changed it. And the period before the command forces AutoCAD to use the English command.

      And as a side note, if you may need it for other commands (since it doesn’t pertain to the DIM command) is to add a dash before the command ex. -DIM
      This suppresses a dialog box so that options for the command are shown in the command line.

      Hopefully this helps,

  3. william lafleur says:

    I have AutoCAD Architecture 2016 and I can not find this. I type in all the commands given above and it does not work.

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