A rectangle is a special type of polygon, that contains two sets of two parallel sides of the same length. A rectangle can have up to 256 associated IDs. Rectangles are shown with a combination of line style, line color, fill pattern, fill color, and Primary ID label.


This is a rectangle object with

line and fill properties.


Drawing a Rectangle

To draw a rectangle:

  1. Click the Draw | Rectangle command or click the button.

  2. The cursor changes into a cross hair to indicate drawing mode.

  3. Enter any information about the rectangle, such as the ID, in the Property Manager.

  4. Press and hold the left mouse button at one corner of the rectangle.

  5. Drag the mouse to the opposite corner of the rectangle.

  6. Release the left mouse button when the rectangle is the preferred size and shape.

  7. Press the ESC key or click another tool button to end draw mode.


Editing Polygon Properties

The rectangle can be edited by clicking once on the rectangle to select it.  Polygon object properties are displayed in the Property Manager. Polygon object properties include:

Polygon Item Properties

Data Attributes

Line Properties

Fill Properties

Label Properties


Default Properties

The default line and fill properties are set by clicking the Tools | Project Settings command and clicking on the Line Properties or Fill Properties tabs.


Using a Digitizing Tablet

When using the tablet pointer to digitize a polygon,

  1. Calibrate the tablet by clicking the Draw | Tablet | Tablet Calibration command, or by clicking the image\calibrate.png button.

  2. Activate the tablet by pressing F9 on the keyboard, clicking the image\activate.png button, or clicking the Draw | Tablet | Activate Tablet command.


Drawing Tips


See Also




Digitizing Several Objects

Digitizing Several Objects with Different IDs

Digitizing Several Objects with Sequential IDs

Polygon Markers


Object Properties


Data Attributes