How to Enter Northings & Eastings in AutoCAD

Northing and easting numbers represent Universal Transverse Mercator coordinates, which are horizontal and vertical positions on a global map grid. The northing value is the vertical position and the easting value is the horizontal location. This method of creating lines is often used by surveyors, who enter values to create layouts. Northing and easting values help you use known coordinates to draw maps more efficiently.

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Northing and easting values can help drafters create blueprints from existing data.
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Select the "Home" tab and choose the "Draw" panel.

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Choose the "Line" drop down option. Click "Create Line By Northing/Easting." The button is marked with a line and a grid icon.

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Enter the "northing" value. Press "Enter" then type the the "easting" value.

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Type additional northing and easting values to add additional lines. Alternately, press the "ESC" key to use another method to create lines.