Click the Home | Insert | Polygon command, the button, or the Features | Insert | Polygon command to draw an irregularly shaped area. Polygons must have at least three vertices (points). Polygons can be converted to 3D polygons with the addition of Z coordinates to vertices.

To draw a polygon:

  1. Click the Home | Insert | Polygon command to begin drawing a polygon.
  2. The cursor changes to a cross hair cursor to indicate drawing mode.
  3. Move the cursor over the location for the start of the polygon and click the left mouse button.
  4. Move the cursor to the next position along the line and click again.
  5. Continue this procedure until you click the final point. Then press the ENTER key.

The first and last points are automatically connected and the new polygon is drawn. To end draw polygon mode, click on another toolbar button or press the ESC key on your keyboard.

Drawing Tips

  • Click points on the page to draw a polygon, or click and hold the left mouse button and drag the cursor to draw a continuous stream of points.
  • Click the right mouse button to remove the last drawn point. This can be done repeatedly.
  • If the CTRL key is pressed while clicking points, the points are constrained to 45-degree angles.
  • Hold the SHIFT key to snap the next vertex to the nearest vertex on another polyline or polygon.
  • Double-click the left mouse button or press the ENTER key to close the polygon.
  • To cancel drawing a polygon, press the ESC key before closing the polygon.
  • Edit the polygon shape by using Features | Edit Features | Reshape.
  • Edit polygons by clicking on the polygon in the plot window or in the Contents window.
  • Set default line and fill properties with the File | Options command. On the Default Properties page, click the Line or Fill button to set the default line or fill properties.

Polygon Properties

To edit a polygon, click once on the polygon to select it. In the Properties window, the properties are listed. The polygon properties contain the following pages:



Drop Shadow



See Also



Selecting objects

Line properties

Fill properties

Info properties


Features Tab Commands