When using artist-mode I often find I want to create several equally sized boxes for a diagram.

Is there an easy way I can copy an existing shape on my page and drag it out to a new place?

Or a way to make consistently sized rectangles instead of drag and drop.

  • Take a look at the section about rectangles in mode's help. Try typing F1 m and searching for "rectangles".
    – user12563
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 12:03
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    Check out this video. It teaches how to copy and do other useful stuff in artist mode.
    – izkon
    Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 16:34

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Just for completeness:
In artist-mode click middle mouse button and from that appearing popup menu select edit -> copy. Then draw an rectangle around your existing shape to copy it.
After this select paste from that same popup menu. Then, when you left click with your mouse, you will paste the copied rectangle at point.


I'm trying the instructions I found here, but it doesn't copy exactly as expected:

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I'm running the first command to copy to register r. as soon as I create the first rectangle with my cursor on the bottom right corner:

C-x r r r

I then run C-x r i r but the right side where my cursor is doesn't get copied.

  • I guess you just haven't selected that border. Make sure the rectangle you want to copy is highlighted in its entirety.
    – user12563
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 18:55

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