4.5. Measuring Distance and Area

You can measure distances and areas using the Measure tool. The Measure tool toolbar icon looks like this:

Once you have selected the Measure tool toolbar icon, you can use the mouse to measure distances and areas. Any measurements you make appear in the Scale box , which appears when you begin your first measurement.

Scale Box for Measuring

Figure 4.3. Scale Box for Measuring

In the Scale box:

To change the units for the measurements, select one of the gear drop down menus in the measurement window and choose the units. Units can be controlled and the scale itself may be restricted to a fixed size (in units). When using fixed unit size, the units will be adjusted to the next larger unit if the value could not be displayed in the available space.

Measurement Window Drop Down menu

Figure 4.4. Measurement Window Drop Down menu

To use the tool to measure distance:

To measure a line or distance between two points, select the Measure tool toolbar icon. Click on the first point from where you want to measure, hold the mouse button and drag the cursor to the second point. The distance between those points will be displayed in the Measurement window.

To measure area, select the Measure icon, place the cursor over one boundary corner of the area you want to know and then click and hold the mouse button down until you drag the cursor to the other boundary corner of the rectangle you want to measure. The area of the rectangle appears in the Measurement window.