A polyline is a collection of one or more connected line segments. Click the Home | Insert | Polylinecommand, the button, or the Features | Insert | Polyline command to draw a polyline. Polylines can be converted to 3D polylines with the addition of Z coordinates to vertices.

To draw a polyline:

  1. Click the Home | Insert | Polyline command to begin drawing a polyline.
  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 polyline 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 at the final point for the line. Press the ENTER key.
  6. To end drawing mode, click on another tool button or press the ESC key on your keyboard.

Drawing Tips

  • Click the endpoints of the line to draw a straight line, or click several points to create an irregularly shaped line.
  • Click the right mouse button to remove the last drawn point. This can be done repeatedly.
  • Click and hold the left mouse button to create a continuous stream of points.
  • 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 end the line.
  • To cancel drawing the line, press the ESC key before ending the line.
  • Edit the shape of the line using Reshape.
  • Edit the line style and color by clicking on the line in the plot window or in the Contents window.
  • Set default line properties with the File | Options command. On the Default Properties page, click the Line button to set the default line properties.

Polyline Properties

Polyline properties are edited in the Properties window. Click on the polyline in the Contents window or plot window to select it. The properties automatically appear in the Properties window:


Drop Shadow



See Also

3D Polyline


3D Polygon

Spline Polyline


Selecting objects

Line properties

Info properties

Features Tab Commands