Toolbar / Icon:
Menu: Modify > Rotate
Shortcut: R, O
Commands: rotate | ro


Rotates entities by a given angle around a given center.


  1. Select the entities you want to rotate.
  2. Launch this tool.
  3. Set the center of the rotation with the mouse or enter a coordinate in the command line.
  4. The rotate dialog is displayed where you can enter the number of copies and the rotation angle.
    If you want to specify the rotation angle with the mouse cursor, check the mouse cursor button that is displayed beside the angle input:

    To delete the original entities, check "Delete Original", to copy them choose "Keep Original". You can also create any given number of copies by choosing "Multiple Copies".
    The new entities are placed on the same layer as the originals and have the same attributes. To use the current layer and current attributes instead, tick "Use current layer and attributes".
  5. Click "OK".
  6. If you have previously chosen to specify the rotation angle by mouse, you now have to first specify a reference point for the rotation and then a target point. The rotation angle is the angle enclosed by the reference point, center of rotation and target point.