On the context menu for editing, Distance locks the length of a new line segment to a specified distance. You can constrain a distance before or after specifying a direction. It is available when you create a new polyline or polygon feature, or edit a finished feature with Continue Feature .
To constrain a new segment to a specified distance, right-click and click Distance , or press the D key and type the distance. To remove the constraint, press the Esc key.
If you have created at least one vertex, skip to step 5.
- On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Create .
The Create Features pane appears and displays a list of feature templates.
- Click a polyline or polygon feature template.
The template expands and displays feature construction tools.
- Click the Line or Polygon tool.
- Create the first vertex using one of the following methods:
- Click the map.
- Right-click and click Absolute X,Y,Z or press the F6 key, type the values on the dialog box, and press Enter.
- Constrain the new segment to a specified distance using one of the following methods:
- On the status bar at the bottom of the current map view, click 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 Distance .
- Press the D key.
The Distance dialog box appears.
- On the Distance dialog box, click the drop-down arrow, set the unit format, type the distance, and press Enter.
The length of the new segment locks to the specified distance. To remove the constraint, press the Esc key.
- Create the second vertex and complete the segment using one of the following methods:
- Click the map.
- Right-click and click Direction , type the direction, and press Enter.
- When you finish creating the feature, right-click and click Finish or press the F2 key.