AutoCAD Grips

AutoCAD grips have come a long way over the years. With the addition of the polyline mid-point grip, I can’t live without them.

If for some reason, your grips are not behaving correctly, here’s how to get them back to “normal”

  • GRIPS <enter>

PS – “Normal” for me is <2>

AutoCAD Grip Settings

Here is the description provided by the System Variable editor:

Controls the display of grips on selected objects.

Value Description
<0> Hides grips
<1> Displays grips
<2> Displays additional midpoint grips on polyline segments

To adjust the size of the grips and the effective selection area used by the cursor when you snap to a grip, use GRIPSIZE.

Note: This setting is saved in the registry and not in the drawing. There have been times when I have opened a drawing and I thought that the grip settings changed on me. It was more likely changed because of a LISP routine or something that I used.



About AutoCAD Tips

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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4 Responses to AutoCAD Grips

  1. Kent Cooper says:

    Just to clarify — the NAME of the System Variable in question is perhaps somewhat obvious, but was not indicated; it is: GRIPS

  2. john says:

    how do you get grips on curves to display the curve direction at the midpoint?

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