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Displaying large coordinates without the scientific notation.

A - answer When working in survey maps or in situations with large coordinates, AutoCAD may switch to the "engineering" or "scientific" notation (with the "E" exponent - e.g. -1.23456789E+06) to display coordinates with the specified number of decimal places.

You can suppress this switch either by lowering the number of displayed decimal places (see the UNITS command or the LUPREC variable), or by using the LISP function (rtos).

Instead of the ID command, you can e.g. use the following Lisp routine (save it to fullid.lsp, load it with APPLOAD and run it with the fullID command), which displays large coordinates as a standard decimal number:

;Full ID  
;6/2010 -  
(defun C:fullID ( / pt)  
 (setq pt (getpoint "\nPick a point to ID: "))  
 (if pt  
 (prompt (strcat "\nX = "(rtos (car pt) 2)  
                  " Y = " (rtos (cadr pt) 2)  
                  " Z = " (rtos (caddr pt) 2)))  
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See also:
Tip 11428:Differences in typed distance/offset values in Inventor sketches.
Tip 11179:Select objects in negative elevation or in a given 3D octant.
Tip 11076:Reading 3D point matrix from a CSV file.
Tip 11054:Difference volume (3D solid) between two TIN surfaces (sets of coordinates)
Tip 10804:What features are not available in the 32-bit version of AutoCAD 2017 and 2016?

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