You can use the Home | Insert | Rectangle or Features | Insert | Rectangle command to create a rectangle or square in the plot document.


To draw a rectangle:

  1. Click the Home | Insert | Rectangle command. The cursor changes into a cross hair to indicate drawing mode.

  2. Press and hold the left mouse button at one corner of the rectangle.

  3. Drag the mouse to the opposite corner of the rectangle. The size of the rectangle appears in the status bar as it is drawn. You can draw a rectangle out from the center rather than corner to corner by holding down the SHIFT key.

  4. Release the left mouse button when the rectangle is the preferred size and shape.

  5. Press the ESC key or click another tool button to end draw mode.


To draw a square:


Drawing Tips


Rectangle Properties

Rectangle properties are edited in the Properties window. Click on the rectangle to select it. The rectangle properties contain the following pages:


Fill Page

The Fill page allows you to customize the rectangle Fill properties.


Line Page

The Line page allows you to customize the rectangle Line properties.


Info Page

The Info page for a rectangle displays the Coordinate System, Perimeter, and Area.



See Also


Rounded Rectangle

Selecting objects

Line properties

Fill properties

Info properties


Features Tab Commands