Measure Distance

Click on the Measure Distance tool (or M + D) to activate the tool. As you move your cursor you will notice the following:

Procedural models will not have highlighted faces. This is a known limitation.

Start measuring

Click on a face, edge or vertex to create a starting point for measuring. As you move your mouse, the checkered orange line of the Measure Distance tool will appear and change dynamically in the following way:

Navigate your scene as you measure

Use the modifier navigation shortcuts to rotate/ tilt, dolly/zoom, and track/pan the scene as you move the cursor.

The Measure Distance tool is still visible when it is blocked by buildings, terrain, and other 3D objects. The tool fades similarly as it does when going through objects and is hidden behind the surface

End measuring

Click on any face, edge, or vertex to anchor the endpoint for the measurement. Once you've set the endpoint, the measured distances will remain until you click elsewhere in the scene or on another tool. Click again to start another measurement.

Reset tool

At any point you wish to start the measurement over, press Esc. This will reset the tool and remove the starting point and endpoint. Click again to start measuring.

Adjust the distances

Adjust either point to change distances. Hover near the point to activate the option to move the point either by dragging the ball and or pulling the handles.

Snap to another space, edge, face, or vertex

Click on the ball to move the point to snap to geometry edges, faces, or vertices that are highlighted when you get close.

Move the point along either the x, y, or z axis

Drag the x, y, z handles to move along the x, y, or z axis.

As you move along these axes the point may move away from the geometry it was snapped to. To snap back to the geometry, click on the ball and the snapping options will appear again.

Change the measuring units

You can change the units by changing the coordinate system in the viewport.

  1. Click View→View coordinate system.
  2. Choose a coordinate system and the tool will reflect the unit of that coordinate system.

Copy your measurements

You can copy your measurements by accessing the Log.

  1. Click Window→Show Log to open the Log.
  2. Double click the entry with your measurement and the Event Details menu opens.
  3. Copy and paste the measurements to another document.

See also


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