How to Pan in AutoCAD With a Touchpad

Updated April 17, 2017

AutoCAD, the computer-aided drafting software by Autodesk Inc., has become the industry standard for professions such as architecture, engineering, plumbing, electrical work, and many others. Understanding how to use the software can help you land a job in one of those fields, and knowing how to pan a drawing will help ensure that you never miss a critical piece of information that is just off screen.

Open the drawing in which you wish to pan and focus the window by left-clicking anywhere in the blank space of the viewport.

Click the "View" tab and then the "Navigate" panel to select the "Pan" tool.

Left-click and drag anywhere on the drawing with the hand cursor active to pan the drawing.

Press the "Esc" key on your keyboard to exit the panning function.


You may also type "pan" and strike the "Enter" or "Space" key on your keyboard with the viewport focused to call up the pan tool.


Save your work often to prevent any loss of data due to program crashes or hardware failure.

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Richard Kyori has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been teaching design and technology courses at colleges and universities since 2005. Kyori holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Boston University and is working toward a Master of Architecture.