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Magic Wand

There is a special function in Archicad called “Magic Wand”. This function saves you work by finding and tracing a linear or polygonal shape from among existing elements and then generating a new element based on it. Magic Wand can be used in 2D and ...

Snap References

If you want to find for example the midpoint of an existing element or you want to place a new element parallel to another one, use the Snap References. Snap References are temporary lines, arcs, and points that appear along with existing elements, t...

Guide lines

Guide Lines are drafting aids, which help you find special points and projections, to ensure precise input in both, 2D and 3D windows. Unlike Snap Guides, Guide Lines are explicitly placed by you. They always remain in place until you remove them. Gu...

Setting up Grids in Archicad

In Archicad there are two different kinds of grid systems that help you while modeling and drawing. The Construction GridThe Snap Grid. Using them is optional, you can work in Archicad without using any grid, but in specific circumstances, they are v...

How to Use the Smart Cursor in Archicad

The cursor changes its shape(s) as you work giving you accurate feedback on: where the cursor is andwhether an editing or input operation is going on or not. The shape of the cursor sometimes also depends on which tool (Arrow Tool, Marquee Tool, Wall...

Keyboard Shortcuts

Some useful ShortcutsHow to list all the Shortcuts?How to customize shortcuts? Archicad is shipped with several predefined shortcut schemes. These can be listed and most of the shortcuts can be redefined in Options > Work Environment > Keyboard Short...

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