OFFSET (Command)

Creates concentric circles, parallel lines, and parallel curves.


You can offset an object at a specified distance or through a point. After you offset objects, you can trim and extend them as an efficient method to create drawings containing many parallel lines and curves.

The OFFSET command repeats for convenience. To exit the command, press Enter.

The following prompts are displayed.

Offset Distance

Creates an object at a specified distance from an existing object.


Exits the OFFSET command.


Enters the Multiple offset mode, which repeats the offset operation using the current offset distance.


Reverses the previous offset.


Creates an object passing through a specified point.

Note: For best results when you offset a polyline with corners, specify the through point near the midpoint of a line segment, not near a corner.
  • Exit
  • Multiple
  • Undo


Erases the source object after it is offset.


Determines whether offset objects are created on the current layer or on the layer of the source object.