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In the dynamic drawing mode, entered coordinates are considered "relative".

A - answer E.g. when drawing a line in the dynamic mode you enter (input numerically) the coordinates of the start point 100,100 and the end point 200,200 - but AutoCAD automatically draws a line [100,100]-[300,300].

The reason is that the specified coordinates are considered as relative by default in the dynamic mode. The absolute 'behaviour' of coordinates can be forced with:

  1. switching the dynamic mode OFF (the DYN button in your statusbar, or F12 key, or the DYNMODE variable)
  2. toggling the DYNPICOORDS variable
  3. entering the dynamic coordinate in the form of #x,y or #r - e.g. #200,200
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See also:
Tip 9482:Dynamically display any object property as a field.
Tip 9212:Export coordinates of intersection points.
Tip 9006:Elevation label with automatic text of Level and Elevation relative to UCS.
Tip 8281:String concatenation in AutoCAD fields and block attributes.
Tip 7491:How to add a label with point coordinates (XY)?


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