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The Pan option allows you to move the model in any direction within the view. To Pan:

  1. Select the Pan option.
  2. Press and hold the left mouse button.
  3. Move the mouse around while keeping the left mouse button pressed. You will see that the model moves around with the cursor.
  4. Release the left mouse button when the view is satisfactory.
  5. You can repeat steps 2 – 4 until you are satisfied with the results.
  6. To exit the Pan option, use the Escape key, or right-click and select Done.


  • You will find Pan a very useful and frequently used option. For example, it is very handy for making adjustments to the model position in the view after using the Zoom Window option, if the view is not quite where you intended.
  • Since the Pan option operates as a "mode", you can use Zoom In, Zoom Out or Zoom All, without leaving Pan mode. This is a useful shortcut for manipulating the view.
  • A Pan can also be defined by entering x-y coordinates for a base point and a second point in the prompt line. Using the mouse is recommended, but if you want to Pan by an exact amount, then you may find the keyboard entry useful (for example, to pan 5 meters to the left, you could enter a base point of {0,0} and a second point of {–5,0}).
  • If you have a 3-button mouse (or a mouse wheel) you can quickly pan by pressing and holding the middle button of the mouse, while moving the mouse. Once you are familiar with this, you will probably find it the easiest way to Pan the view.
  • The arrow keys (up/down/left/right) can also be used to pan.

Pan is available in:

  • The Zoom sub-menu of the View menu
  • The Zoom toolbar
  • The default right-click menu
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