IF you desire the return of the numbers that follow the cursor, then >Options >Work Environment >Tracker and Coordinate Input >Appearance "Show tracker always", will turn that feature back on. Then proceed as before, hit the tab to jump into the tracker and input your desired distance.
OR if you want to both offset and relative input say to a halfway distance to anther element... first select your element to offset, right click for pet palette, chose offset, BUT don't offset yet, then go to control box, select the relative input (with the T shape and dotted points - I don't know the official name for this one), draw the relative vector and pick the point you desire, and ecco fatto. (Yeah, I can't spell in Italian either).
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