How Do You Center in AutoCAD?

How Do You Center in AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a powerful software used by architects, engineers, and designers to create precise and accurate drawings. One essential skill every AutoCAD user should master is how to center objects within their designs. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to achieve perfect center alignment in AutoCAD.

Method 1: Using the Center Object Snap

To center an object using the Center Object Snap feature:

  1. Select the object you want to center.
  2. Type ‘OSNAP’ in the command line or click on the ‘Object Snap’ button in the status bar.
  3. In the Object Snap dialog box, check the ‘Center’ option and click ‘OK’.
  4. Move your cursor near a point on the object that you want to center.
  5. A green marker will appear indicating that you have snapped to the center of the object.

Note: The Center Object Snap feature works with various objects like lines, circles, rectangles, and polygons. It allows you to align objects precisely without any guesswork.

Method 2: Using Alignment Tools

If you have multiple objects that need to be centered together, AutoCAD provides alignment tools that can help:

  1. Select all the objects you want to center. You can use window selection or hold down the ‘Shift’ key while selecting individual objects.
  2. Type ‘ALIGN’ in the command line or access it from the Modify panel in the Home tab.
  3. In the Align Objects dialog box, select a reference point for alignment. For example, choose a midpoint for center alignment.
  4. Select the objects you want to align to the reference point.
  5. Click ‘OK’ to apply the alignment.

Note: The Alignment tools in AutoCAD offer various options such as center, midpoint, intersection, and more. These tools are particularly useful when you need to align objects in complex drawings or when manual snapping is not feasible.

Method 3: Using Object Properties

If you prefer a more manual approach, you can use the Object Properties window to center an object:

  1. Select the object you want to center.
  2. Type ‘PROPERTIES’ in the command line or press ‘Ctrl+1’ to open the Object Properties window.
  3. In the Object Properties window, locate the ‘Position’ section.
  4. Adjust the X and Y coordinates of the object until it is centered as desired.

Note: The Object Properties method gives you precise control over the position of an object. However, it may require some trial and error adjustments to achieve perfect center alignment.


In this tutorial, we explored different methods for centering objects in AutoCAD. Whether you prefer using object snaps, alignment tools, or manually adjusting object properties, AutoCAD provides multiple options to achieve perfect center alignment for your drawings. Mastering these techniques will help you create professional and accurate designs with ease.

Happy CADing!