wiki:MovingPieces

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Moving pieces

Pieces (or groups of pieces) that have been selected can be moved using the Move tool (toolbar icon )

Tip: LeoCAD automatically switches to the Move function after adding a new piece if this option has been enabled via the Preferences menu (Select the View menu, click "Preferences", select the "Drawing Aids" tab and check "Switch to move after inserting").

Movement of pieces can be performed using the keyboard. By default, the arrow keys move pieces along the X-axis and Y-axis, while the PageUp and PageDown keys move pieces along the Z-axis.

A more interactive method uses mouse click-and-drag operations as illustrated below.

In Move mode, a three-colored overlay appears on the selected piece, representing the X, Y, and Z axes.

Move the mouse cursor towards an arrow until it turns yellow, then Click and Drag the mouse along the arrow to move the piece along the corresponding axis.
The red arrow represents the X-axis, while green represents the Y-axis and blue represents the Z-Axis.

If the mouse cursor is moved towards the origin of the arrows (where they meet), a yellow square appears between two arrows, which will both turn yellow. Click and Drag the mouse to move the piece in the plane defined by these axis.
The position of the piece will be displayed, live, via the coordinates display on the right-hand side of the status bar along the bottom of the LeoCAD window.
Snap GridPiece movements occur in discrete chunks, controlled by the snap grid. You can change the size of these steps or disable partially or totally the snap action: see snap grid control.
You can also move a piece using the "Piece Modify" dialog box.
To get to this dialog box, check "Modify" in the "View" menu. Select a piece, enter its new X/Y/Z coordinates and click on the "Apply" button.

Tip: You don't have to switch to the "select" tool to select and move another piece. Simply double-click on it using the "move" cursor .

Tip: Perspective effects can make a piece appear close to another while they are actually far apart. Change camera or move it? to get a better view.

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