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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 11776:Export XYZ coordinates of DWG objects from AutoCAD LT.
Tip 11625:Measure lengths along a curve - points in given distances.
Tip 11511:Assigning elevations to 2D contours (isolines).
Tip 11428:Differences in typed distance/offset values in Inventor sketches.
Tip 11179:Select objects in negative elevation or in a given 3D octant.

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