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Editing Curves

A curved line segment consists of two data points (endpoints) and two control points (handles). A control line connects a control point to a data point. You can change the shape of a curve by converting a data point to a different type, or by dragging the control points to a different location.

You can also modify the properties of the line by selecting the line and choosing \Format - Line\.

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To view the data points and control points of a curved line, select the line, and then click the \Points\ icon on the Drawing bar. The data points are represented by squares and the control points by circles. A control point might overlay a data point.

To adjust a curved line segment:

  1. Select a curved line, and then click the \Points \icon on the \Drawing\ Bar.

  2. Do one of the following:

To split a curved line:

You can only split a curved line that has three or more data points.

  1. Select a curved line, and then click the \Points \icon on the \Drawing\ Bar.

  2. Select a data point, and then click the \Split Curve \icon on the \Edit Points\ Bar.

To create a closed shape:

  1. Select a curved line, and then click the \Points \icon on the \Drawing\ Bar.

  2. On the \Edit Points\ Bar, click the\ Close Bézier\ icon.

To convert a data point on a curved line:

  1. Select a curved line, and then click the \Points \icon on the \Drawing\ Bar.

  2. Click the data point you want to convert, and do one of the following:

To add a data point:

  1. Select a curved line, and then click the \Points \icon on the \Drawing\ Bar.

  2. On the \Edit Points\ Bar, click the\ Insert Points\ icon.

  3. Click the line where you want to add the point, and drag a short distance.

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If a data point does not have a control point, select the data point, and then click the \Convert to Curve\ icon on the \Edit Points\ Bar.


To delete a data point:

  1. Select a curved line, and then click the \Points \icon on the \Drawing\ Bar.

  2. Click the point you want to delete.

  3. On the \Edit Points\ Bar, click the\ Delete Points\ icon.

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