Move and Copy objects in AutoCAD

Moving and copying are frequently needed action when you work on a CAD project.

It is time to learn how to Move and Copy objects in AutoCAD. Two simple commands yet very important.

The following commands work just as it would in other Drawing software.

Move an object in AutoCAD

The MOVE command will help change the location of an object in the drawing area.


To use the MOVE command

  1. Select the object to move (or objects to move)
  2. Click on the icon shown on the image above
  3. Select the base point with a click (don’t  hold)
  4. Move and drop

Notice that when Moving an object, you can activate the ORTHO mode and use the command area to enter the exact distance you want to move the object with. The ORTHO mode will ensure you are moving in a straight line.


Let’s Move the 6 circles below to the right


Step 1

Activate the ORTHO mode to constrains the cursor movement orthogonally

Step 2

Select circles


Step 3

Click on the MOVE icon

Step 4

Select the base point



Step 5

Move your cursor to the right, leave the mouse in that position and Enter 55 and Hit Enter

 Final figure


Copy an object in AutoCAD


The COPY command works similarly to the Move command with the only difference that it leaves a copy of the original object in its position.

It works as it would in other windows application, and feel free to use the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste objects in AutoCAD.

To copy Objects in AutoCAD you need to select them first, and you can as well use the technique we used above to place the copy at a certain distance and angle from the original item.