DraftSight: Pan, Zoom, Groom!

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Today’s blog is long overdue, because it takes us back to the basics of how to position your DraftSight designs in the drawing window.

Under the View tab in the Navigate section of the ribbon, the Dynamic Pan and Dynamic Zoom icons are located, and both aid in adjusting the presentation of your illustrations to best suit your drawing needs.

After selecting the Dynamic Pan feature in the ribbon, your cursor will convert to an open hand in the drawing window. When you left click, the hand will close and allow you to pan (or drag) the display to your liking.

Likewise, when you right click with the Pan icon still selected, DraftSight lists multiple complementary features, including Zoom – AKA why these operations are “dynamic!”

When you select the Zoom function, left click, and move your mouse upwards, you’ll increase the view scale of your designs, and vice versa if you drag downwards.

If you select Zoom Window, it’ll prompt you to left click on a section of your design and drag to make a selection. Then unclick to make the selection boundaries become the new boundaries of your drawing window – magnifying parts of your entities for precision and control.

The Zoom Original and Fit do exactly what their names suggest – they either return your design to its starting viewpoint or perfectly fit your design to the drawing window. So, no matter how far you stray from the standard display, DraftSight can always bring you back to home base.

I hope this post encourages you to take advantage of DraftSight’s Pan and Zoom features!

Take a look at the video below to see them in action!

(0:00 Pan, 0:05 Zoom, 0:12 Zoom Window, 0:17 Zoom Original, 0:21 Zoom Fit)


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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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