Translate Objects

Translate objects along an axis, along a plane, or in 3D space.

  1. Select the Move tool, or press M or T.

  2. Select one or more objects.
  3. Choose from the following options:
    • Drag the objects.
      Tip: Grab and release parts by their snap points (end points, midpoints, center points, etc.) to align them precisely. You can temporarily disable snapping by holding down the Alt key.
    • For more precision, click a graphic manipulator, and then drag the graphic manipulator or enter distances in the microdialog fields.
      To Do this
      Translate along an axis Click the X, Y, or Z arrow.

      Translate along a plane Click the XY, XZ, or YZ plane.

      Translate in 3D space Click the origin.

  4. Right-click and mouse through the check mark to exit, or double-right-click.
Tip: When you move parts, they are allowed to pass through each other by default. To prevent this, turn on collision detection in the Preferences window.

Video: Translating Objects

Translate Along an Axis

Translate Within a Plane

Free Translate in 3D