A line consists of two points: a start point and an endpoint. A series of lines can be connected, but each line segment is considered a separate line entity.

This movie discusses various methods of drawing lines.

##### To draw a line

Do one of the following:

- Choose Draw > Line from the Draw drop down menu.
- On the Draw toolbar, click the Line tool.
- Type line and then press Enter. Just type, no need to click in the Command area.
- Type L and press Enter

Specify the start point, then specify the endpoint. Hit enter or right click to finish.

##### Coordinate entry

You can input coordinates in the command line the same way as is done in AutoCAD:

To use a coordinate to specify a point, enter an X value and a Y value separated by a comma (X,Y).

To specify a relative coordinate, precede the coordinate with an @ symbol.

For example, the coordinate @3,4 specifies a point 3 units along the X axis and 4 units along the Y axis from the last point specified.

To enter a polar coordinate, enter a distance and an angle separated by an angle bracket (<).

For example, to specify a point that is at a distance of 1 unit from the previous point and at an angle of 45 degrees, enter @1<45.

By default, angles increase in the counterclockwise direction and decrease in the clockwise direction.

To move clockwise, enter a negative value for the angle. For example, entering 1<315 is the same as entering 1<-45.

Polar coordinates are either absolute (measured from the origin) or relative to the previous point.

To specify a relative coordinate, precede the coordinate with an @ symbol.