In AutoCAD, measuring lines is a fundamental task that helps in understanding the dimensions and distances within a drawing. Whether you need to measure the length of a line segment or find the distance between two points, AutoCAD provides several tools and methods to accomplish this.

## Measuring Line Length

To measure the length of a line in AutoCAD, you can use the following steps:

- Select the
**Measure**tool from the**Analyze**tab or type__MEASURE__in the command line. - Specify the first point of the line by clicking on it.
- Specify the second point of the line by clicking on it.
- The measured length will be displayed in either model space or paper space units, depending on your current workspace settings.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts for quick measurements:

**DIST**: Type DIST in the command line to activate the Distance command. Select two points to measure their distance directly without using the Measure tool.**ID**: Type ID in the command line and select an object to display its properties, including length.

## Finding Distance Between Two Points

In addition to measuring lines, AutoCAD allows you to find distances between any two points within a drawing. This can be useful when you need to determine the spacing between objects or verify specific dimensions.

- Select either the Measure tool or use keyboard shortcuts discussed earlier (
__DIST__) to activate the Distance command. - Select one point by clicking on it.
- Select the second point by clicking on it.
- The distance between the two points will be displayed in the units defined by your drawing settings.

AutoCAD also offers additional tools like the **QuickCalc** feature, which allows you to perform mathematical calculations directly within the software. You can use this tool to add, subtract, multiply, or divide distances and lengths obtained from measurements.

## Conclusion

Measuring lines and distances accurately is essential for creating precise drawings in AutoCAD. With the Measure tool and various keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly obtain length and distance measurements. Additionally, utilizing the QuickCalc feature enhances your workflow by enabling mathematical calculations within AutoCAD itself.

By mastering these measurement techniques, you’ll be able to create drawings with accurate dimensions and ensure your designs meet specific requirements.