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Move, rotate, or scale a feature

In the Modify Features pane, tools that move, rotate, or scale features allow you to manipulate features by dragging or specifying a value. When you select a feature, the tools appear together in the tool pane, on the repositioning toolbar, and on the context menu.

Feature attributes that define size, orientation, or location automatically update when you finish your edits. When you turn on map topology, connectivity is preserved between features that share coincident geometry.

For steps to move, rotate, or scale annotation features, see Modify annotation features.

Move a feature

Moving a feature displays a circular anchor that snaps to other features based on your current snap settings. Press Ctrl to drag the anchor to a new location.

For steps to specify a coordinate location, see Move a feature to a specified location.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    Tip:

    You can press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off as you move a feature.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  3. Expand Alignment and click Move Move.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the features you want to move.
    1. To refine the selection in the pane, right-click an item and use the commands on the context menu.
      Context menu

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the reposition toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Tip:

    To exit Move, press Esc.

  5. Move the selection anchor and use it to snap the selection to other features.
    1. On the map, at the center of the selection, hover over the selection anchor and press Ctrl.
    2. When the vertex pointer appears, drag the anchor and snap it to a part of the selection that you want to snap to other features.
  6. Move the selected features by dragging them with the move pointer. Notice the move pointer appears when you hover over any feature in the selection.
    • In a 3D scene, click and drag the selection along the x, y or z axis handle.
  7. On the reposition toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key to apply your changes.

    Reposition toolbar

Rotate a feature

Rotating a feature displays a circular rotation handle and a selection anchor that holds the selection in place as you rotate the selected features. Press S to enable a secondary anchor and snap the rotation to a feature.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    Tip:

    You can press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off as you rotate a feature.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  3. Expand Alignment and click Rotate Rotate.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the features you want to rotate.
    1. To refine the selection in the pane, right-click an item and use the commands on the context menu.
      Context menu

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the reposition toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Tip:

    To exit Rotate, press Esc.

  5. Move the rotation handle and the selection anchor to the location around which you want to rotate the selected features.
    1. On the map, at the center of the selection, hover over the selection anchor and press Ctrl.
    2. When the vertex pointer appears, drag and snap the anchor to the new location.
  6. Enable the secondary anchor and use it to snap the rotation to another feature.
    1. Press S to enable the anchor near the pointer.
    2. Hover over the anchor and press Ctrl.
    3. When the vertex pointer appears, drag and snap the anchor to the new location.
  7. Rotate the selected features using one of the following methods:
    • Drag the selection with the rotate pointer. Notice the rotate pointer appears when you hover over any feature in the selection.
    • Press A and specify a rotation angle. A positive value rotates the selection counterclockwise. A negative value rotates the selection clockwise.
    • If Dynamic Constraints Dynamic Constraints is on, press the Tab key, specify a rotation angle, and press Enter.
  8. On the reposition toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key to apply your changes.

    Reposition toolbar

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

A

Angle

Opens the dialog box to specify a rotation angle.

S

Secondary Anchor

Toggles the secondary anchor on and off.

Ctrl

Move Anchor

Moves the active anchor when you press the Ctrl key and drag the anchor.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Rotate tool

Scale a feature

Scaling a feature displays a circular anchor that holds the selection in place as you resize the selected features. Press Ctrl to drag the anchor to a new location. Press S to enable a secondary anchor and snap the scaling to a feature.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    Tip:

    You can press and hold the spacebar to temporarily turn snapping off as you scale a feature.

  2. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  3. Expand Alignment and click Scale Scale.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  4. In the pane, click Active Select Active Select, and select the features you want to rotate.
    1. To refine the selection in the pane, right-click an item and use the commands on the context menu.
      Context menu

    The selection appears as a list in the pane, and the reposition toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Tip:

    To exit Scale, press Esc.

  5. Move the selection anchor to the location from which you want to scale the selected features.
    1. On the map, at the center of the selection, hover over the selection anchor and press Ctrl.
    2. When the vertex pointer appears, drag and snap the anchor to the new location.
  6. Enable the secondary anchor and use it to snap the new size to another feature.
    1. Press S to enable the anchor near the pointer.
    2. Hover over the anchor and press Ctrl.
    3. When the vertex pointer appears, drag and snap the anchor to the new location.
  7. Scale the selected features using one of the following methods:
    • Drag one of selection handles with the scale pointer. Notice the scale pointer appears when you hover over any of the eight (8) handles located at each corner and each midpoint of the selection bounding box.
    • In a 3D scene, click and drag the selection along the x, y or z axis handle.
    • Press F and specify a scale factor.
  8. On the reposition toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key to apply your changes.

    Reposition toolbar

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutFunctionDescription

F

Scale Factor

Opens the dialog box to specify a scale factor.

S

Secondary Anchor

Toggles the secondary anchor on and off.

Ctrl

Move Anchor

Moves the active anchor when you press the Ctrl key and drag the anchor.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Scale tool