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draw a line perpendicular to another line

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hi!

i'd say 50/50 i'm presented with an option to draw a line that's perpendicular to another line. i usually have all the snaps turned on. any tips on how i can do this easily and 100% of the time?

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Make sure the smart edge constraint is turned on. Select the line or other tool. Gesture along an existing line or edge. VW will provide cues when you are on, parallel, or perpendicular to that edge.

Take a look at Drawing with Snapping in VW Help.

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Turning off snap to grid usually helps too

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the snap that shows the Perpendicular hint is the Angle snaps. Make sure this one is on.

The snaps to have on most of the time are:

Snap to object

Angle snaps

Snap to Intersection

Smart Points

turn on the other snaps as you need them, but these are the basic 4

You can speed up drawing and dimensioning by controlling the snap to object settings. Turning all the options on will speed up drawing, but slow down dimensioning. Leaving the top option on will speed up dimensioning, but slow down drawing. I have written a few commands that will control these settings, and they are on my website. So if you are a subscriber, you get these utilities from the web site.

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duplicate and rotate takes more time, though. i realize it's only a few extra mouse clicks but they add up and i shouldn't have to it. i'll see if i can get the snaps to work, thanks for the advice.

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It pays in the long run to get the control-D, Control-L move memorized. I use it constantly to create perpendicular lines, draw a line at a center point, etc.

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