The ability to change the orientation of the crosshairs can be useful when drawing. Architects for instance often draw plans in the geographical orientation of the building. This means that lines are not necessarily parallel to the bottom of the screen. Rotating the crosshairs is a byproduct of reorienting the World Coordinate System icon generally situated at the drawings' origin point. AutoCAD allows you to create various origins which can be saved as User Coordinate System icons
Open AutoCAD either with a blank drawing or the drawing you wish to rotate the crosshairs in.
Click "Tools" and "New UCS" on the Menu bar.
Pick "Z" from the New UCS submenu. This enables you to rotate the WCS around the Z axis.
Enter the angle that you want the crosshairs to run at. Both the WCS Icon and the crosshairs will rotate by the angle entered.
Tips & Warnings
- Remember that angles run counter clockwise in AutoCAD. If you need to rotate the WCS clockwise use a negative figure such as -45.
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