DraftSight – Loose Ends to Trim?

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During my first few attempts using DraftSight, I noticed that I had a lot of loose ends and overlapping lines that made the boundaries of my drawings unclear. When I wanted to add doorways or additional entities, I either restarted from scratch or accepted the sloppy edges that didn’t align with my goals.

Thankfully, knowing that the names of the icons in DraftSight generally sound like their function, I stumbled upon the Trim feature in the modify section of the customizable ribbon. It does exactly what you would expect it to – it trims the lines of your drawing that extend past your liking.

After selecting the icon, the command window displays clear directions, so anyone could successfully trim their drawings on the first try.

Having trouble making the edges and boundaries of your drawings appear exact and neat? Follow my steps below to start applying the Trim feature to your best ability:

  • Simply locate and click on the Trim Icon in the ribbon.
  • Select all the entities that contain unwanted ends – press enter.
  • Right click and press the Crossing option to indicate the boundaries of your line removal.
  • Lastly, click on the entities you’d like to be erased.

And voila! The edges of your drawing are precise and clear. Check out the video below to see Trim in action!


Once I was feeling more comfortable using the Trim tool, I realized that under the same icon is the Power Trim feature. I found this feature a bit more finicky compared to the original trim tool, because the order in which entities are selected affects which entities will be trimmed.

That being said, once I got the hang of it, it was definitely a big time saver. It skips the extra step of selecting crossing lines to cut, and you can get to trimming immediately after selecting which entity to erase. Now that I use the Power Trim feature, I can’t see myself reverting to regular trimming.

Check out the video below to see Power Trim at work!


While Trim is available in any version of DraftSight 2019, you can save design time by utilizing Power Trim in DraftSight 2019 Professional and Premium.

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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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