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Trim and Extend with EdgeMode
Tip# 3763 By Kathy Bracisco On 30-Oct-2011
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Categories : 2D Editing
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Reduce your drafting time by using the Trim and Extend commands more efficiently.

Drafter Kathy Bracisco shares a tip that expands on Cadalyst CAD Tip No. 3739.

"In addition to David Gaskill's 'Leverage the Trim and Extend Commands' tip, I find that the EdgeMode system variable is a great help to me. I set the EdgeMode variable to 1, and this allows lines that do not extend for use in the Trim/Extend command to become implied. When I press the Enter key the second time, the implied edges become available."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
Using the Trim and Extend commands in AutoCAD takes up a lot of time. Finding a way to use the commands in more efficient ways, such as with EdgeMode, will reduce your drafting time. EdgeMode comes turned off (set to 0) out of the box; this means that AutoCAD cannot trim or extend a line that does not actually intersect the line to be altered. Users will have to extend the trimming line, create a construction line, or go to a few extra steps to get the job done. Turning EdgeMode on (by setting it to 1) can save you much time and effort.


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