Draft Edit

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Draft Edit.svg Draft Edit

Menu location
Draft → Edit
Draft, Arch
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also


The Edit tool allows you to edit graphically certain properties of the selected object, such as the vertices of a Draft Wire, the length and width of a Draft Rectangle, or the radius of a Draft Circle.

It does nothing more than enter the object's edit mode. Another way to edit the object is by double clicking on the element in the tree view.

Draft edit example.jpg

Editing a wire

How to use

  1. Select an object.
  2. Press the Draft Edit.png Draft Edit button, or double-click the object in the tree view, or use the Std Edit.png Std Edit tool.
  3. Click on a point that you wish to move.
  4. Click another point on the 3D view, or type a coordinate and press the Draft AddPoint.svg add point button.
  5. Press Esc or the Close button to complete the current command.

The Edit tool only works on one selected object at a time.

The tool mostly works on Draft objects: [[Draft Wire|Draft Wires]s, Draft Lines, Draft Rectangles, Draft Circles, Draft Arcs, Draft Polygons, and Draft BSplines. Other object types must first be converted to these objects.


  • Press X, Y or Z after a point to constrain the next point on the given axis.
  • To enter coordinates manually, simply enter the numbers, then press Enter between each X, Y and Z component. You can press the Draft AddPoint.svg add point button when you have the desired values to insert the point.
  • Hold Ctrl while drawing to force snapping your point to the nearest snap location, independently of the distance.
  • Hold Shift while drawing to constrain your next point horizontally or vertically in relation to the last one.
  • Press Esc or the Close button or the Draft Edit.svg Draft Edit button again to finish editing.

Some objects allow you to insert or delete points:

  • Press the Draft AddPoint.svg add point button, and then click on the wire or spline to add a new point.
  • Press the Draft DelPoint.svg remove point button, and then click on a point along the wire or spline to remove it.


See also: Draft API and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

There is no programming interface available for the Edit tool. Each object is modified by changing its attributes directly.

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