what is Offset command in AutoCAD?

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Hey Guys, Earlier we learned Array command in detail. Now we will learn how to use Offset command in AutoCAD.

So, let’s get started.

 Modify panel-AutoCAD
Modify panel-AutoCAD
  • The Offset command is a very useful and time-saving command in AutoCAD.
  • Offset command is used to create parallel lines, concentric circles, and parallel curves.
  • We can make many copies of the line at a particular distance in a short time by using this command.
  • The offset command is working as a copy command for lines. But for circles, rectangle, arc, or any polyline objects, it is not working like copy command.
  • It will copy a circle or any object at a particular distance but as per the proportion from the center. Let’s learn how it works.
  • We can invoke this command. from the modify panel in the Home tab. Or we can type ‘O’ in the command bar and press Enter key.
Offset command-AutoCAD
Offset command-AutoCAD
  • By invoking Offset command, it will ask for ‘specify offset distance’. It is important to specify the distance in this command.
  • Give distance as per requirement at which you want to make copies.
  • Then it will ask ‘select object to offset’. Select the object which you want a copy.
  • Then it will ask ‘select point on side to this command. Click on anywhere which side you want a copy of the object. It will make another copy of this command.
  • To make another copy, it is not necessary to do the whole process. Just select previous copied offset and again select at any side.
  • To make multiple this command at any one particular side, select ‘multiple’ from the command bar at the time of selecting one point at anyone’s side as shown. And just click on that side.
Multiple option in this command-AutoCAD
Multiple option in Offset command-AutoCAD



  • For example, I want to draw staircase lines and I want to use this command to draw parallel lines.
  • Select this command from the modify panel in the Home tab. Or type ‘O’ in the command bar and press Enter key.
  • Then give dimension. For example 300mm.
  • Then select the first drawn line and click on one side.
  • I will select a previous parallel copied line and will select ‘multiple’ from the command bar.
  • Then I will only click on the one side. I t will make parallel copies automatically.
Line example-AutoCAD
Line offset example-AutoCAD

2. Circle offset

  • For example, I want to create some concentric circles on the inner side of the first circle.
  • The process is the same as above. Select the inner side for the this command.
Circle offset example-AutoCAD
Circle example-AutoCAD

3. Arc offset

  • For example, I want to parallel curves.
  • The process is the same as above. We can see a difference as shown.
Arc  example-AutoCAD
Arc example-AutoCAD
  • It’s done.

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