You can use the Home | Insert | Rectangle command, the button, or the Features | Insert | Rectangle command to create a rectangle or square in the plot document. The feature is created as a polygon and the object ID is set to Rectangle.

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:

  • Hold down the CTRL key while dragging the mouse to draw a square rather than a rectangle.
  • Hold down the SHIFT and CTRL keys while dragging the mouse to draw the square from a center point rather than from end to end.

Drawing Tips

  • Edit the rectangle or square properties by clicking on it 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.

Rectangle Properties

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



Drop Shadow



See Also

Rounded Rectangle

Selecting objects

Line properties

Fill properties

Info properties


Features Tab Commands