The MEASUREGEOM command is fairly new (since AutoCAD 2010). It measures distance, radius, angle, area, and volume and replaces some older commands like AREA and DIST (although those commands still exist).
Choose Home tab> Utilities panel and then click the Measuregeom drop-down list. Then choose the option that you want to start the MEASUREGEOM command.
If you usually draw using Imperial measurements (feet and inches), you may sometimes want to enter a length in metric units. For example, if you're designing a house in the United States, you may have certain items that were imported from Europe and are measured in millimeters or centimeters. It might be easier to be able to enter the metric measurements but calculating the conversion can be time-consuming.
Of course, the opposite is possible. If you are drawing using metric measurements, you may need to enter a length in Imperial units. Here are a couple of AutoLISP programs, one that converts Imperial to metric (inches to millimeters) and one that converts metric to Imperial (millimeters to inches). You can use these routines whenever you need to enter a length, generally with the LINE command.
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