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Drag and drop moving and copying

Are you used to dragging and dropping objects in graphics programs or even word processing programs? In AutoCAD 2000 you can drag and drop objects, either to move them or copy them. This is the easiest method when you don’t need exact precision about where your objects end up. There are two methods:

  • Select an object or several objects if you wish. With your left mouse button, click and hold down the mouse button anywhere on the object (or any one of the objects). You’ll see an arrow cursor. Drag (with the mouse button still held down) the object(s) wherever you want. Release the mouse button. To copy objects, hold down the Ctrl key as you drag. (You’ll see a little plus sign next to the cursor.)
  • Alexander Vulkov emailed me the following related tip from Bulgaria: Select an object or objects. Then, instead of using the left mouse button, right-click the object and drag. When you release the mouse button, a shortcut menu appears and you can choose Move Here, Copy Here, Paste as Block or Cancel.
Ellen Finkelstein

3 comments to Drag and drop moving and copying

  • Jason Buelle-Corbin

    How do I remove this option and get my shortcut menu back?

    Pickfirst is set to “1”
    Noun/verb box is checked.

    I receive no shortcut menu.

  • Thanks Ellen. It works!

  • Deena Naidoo

    Hi, I am using AutoCAD 2014. Every so often, when using the right click drag and drop, my session freezes. I have to ‘end process’ and start again. Unsaved work is lost. Any advice?

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