Editing: Create Rectangle Entities with Specific Direction, Length, Width

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11-11-2013 11:19 AM
KevinPerry
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In an edit session, I need to create a series of rectangles that are 950' x 225'.  In a brand new shapefile, I have launched an edit session, selected Rectangle under Construction Tools, and right-clicked the mouse in order to access the direction, length, and width parameters.  Problem is, the parameters are grayed out.  Does anyone have an idea why that might be?

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TimWitt
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I think you need to start your sketch first, by left-clicking and placing your first vertex, then you can use those tools.
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KevinPerry
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I tried that.  I began the sketch and then tried to engage the right-click menu, and still it was grayed out.
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TimWitt
Frequent Contributor
What is the coordinate system of your new shapefile?
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JohnSobetzer
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If you hit and hold the shift key after clicking and moving the pointer, does that give you a square?  Hitting the tab key makes it quicker to draw a rectangle but you have to rotate it later.

I don't know why you aren't getting the right click options, but as a workaround you could create your squares in graphics (use the shift key trick) and then convert them to features in a shapefile.
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KevinPerry
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The coordinate system of the new shapefile is NAD_1983_StatePlane_New_Jersey_FIPS_2900_Feet.



The Shift and Tab commands did not allow me to draw the rectangles at the dimension I need, 950' x 225'.  But thank you for offering those solutions.
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JimCousins
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I believe John's solution regarding graphics will work for you. Draw a graphic square in data view, right click for properties, and set the height and width, then convert graphics to shape on the drawing toolbar.
Regards,
Jim
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