Direct Distance Entry (DDE) means that you can type the length of lines, polyline segments, circle radii and diameters, movement vectors in commands such as Move , Copy and Stretch , etc. in the command bar.
When combined with either Orthogonal Mode or Polar Tracking, Direct Distance Entry is a particularly efficient method to draw lines of a specified length and direction, and to move or copy objects over a specified distance.
To help you keep track of the position of the cursor it is recommended to set the readout of the coordinate field in the Status Bar to Relative .
To define the Coordinates setting
Do one of the following:
- Right click the then choose Relative in the context menu.
- Click the Coordinates field in the status bar to cycle the Coordinate setting. The sequence is Off , Relative , Absolute.
- Press the F6 function key or use the Ctrl + I keyboard shortcut to cycle the Coordinate setting. The sequence is Off , Relative , Absolute.
- Type coords in the command bar, then press Enter.
Type 2 and press Enter.
- Open the Settings dialog and expand the Display/Viewing settings sub-category under Drafting in the Drawing settings class.
Set the Coordinates setting to Coordinates in polar form for point, distance and angle selection .