The SET RANGE key-in command

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By Steve Palmer, Axiom’s Executive Product Manager
The SET RANGE key-in command is not documented, but is supported in all versions of MicroStation. This command displays element ranges on the screen. [Editor’s note: The range of an element is given by the lower-left and upper-right coordinates of the smallest box that will contain the element. You can think of the range of an element as a box – parallel to the x and y-axis of the design plane – that precisely encompasses the element.] Below is an example of how elements look after keying the SET RANGE command and updating the desired view:

The SET RANGE command displays the range data that’s stored in the element (V7 or V8). This key-in command can be used to diagnose why you can’t snap to or select an element or why an element is excluded from fence operations.

Below is an example where the range for a shared cell is wrong (taken from an actual Axiom customer file):

The bold red rectangle identifies the incorrect range rectangle for the “S” shaped element. This range error throws off the range for the whole shared cell.

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