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Constrain direction for a segment

On the context menu for editing, Direction Direction locks the direction of a new line segment to a specified angular direction. When you work with z-enabled 3D features, you can also specify an angular pitch in the z direction. It is available when you create a new polyline or polygon feature or edit a finished feature with Continue Feature Continue Feature.

Direction

To constrain a new segment to an angular direction, right-click and click Direction Direction-Distance, or press the A key and type the angular direction. To remove the constraint, press the Esc key. You can constrain the direction for a segment before or after specifying a distance.

Note:

If you have created at least one vertex, skip to step 5.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears and displays a list of feature templates.

  2. Click a polyline or polygon feature template.

    The template expands and displays feature construction tools.

  3. Click the Line Line or Polygon Polygon tool.
  4. Create the first vertex using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z Absolute XYZ, or press the F6 key, type the values on the dialog box, and press Enter.
  5. Constrain the direction of the new segment using one of the following methods:
    • On the status bar at the bottom of the current map view, click Dynamic Constraints Dynamic Constraints and toggle it on. Press the Tab key to cycle through each constraint to give it focus and type the value.
    • Right-click and click Direction Direction-Distance.
    • Press the A key.

    The Direction dialog box appears.

    Direction for 2D

    When you work with z-enabled 3D features, the following dialog box appears:

    Direction for 3D
  6. On the Direction dialog box, click the drop-down arrow, set the unit format, type the direction, and press Enter.

    The direction of the new segment locks to the specified angular direction. To remove the constraint, press the Esc key.

  7. Note:

    When you work with z-enabled 3D features, specify an angular pitch in the z direction.

  8. Create the second vertex and complete the segment using one of the following methods:
    • Click the map.
    • Right-click and click Distance Distance, type the distance, and press Enter.
  9. When you finish creating the feature, right-click and click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

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