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by John Flanagan

In AutoCAD 2014, the ARC command has been enhanced. By default in AutoCAD, arcs are created counter clockwise. With 2014 you can control the creation of arcs to be clockwise or counter clockwise by pressing the CTRL button.

Opening the Arc tool’s flyout doesn’t isn’t any obvious, visible change.

The direction that arcs are created are controlled in the UNITS dialog box

 

Although the new ARC direction option is available in all of the various arc tools, the most practical and obvious uses of the new ARC direction option are found in the ARC options shown below.

 

In the illustration below, the upper arc that is being created shows the default ARC direction. The lower arc shows the new ARC direction option by pressing the CTRL button during the command.