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Why Trim Command Doesn’t Work in AutoCAD? (Solutions Step by Step)

Why Trim Command Doesn’t Work in AutoCAD? (Solutions Step by Step)
Wei Zhang
Written by Wei Zhang

The TRIM command in AutoCAD is an essential tool for editing drawings, but sometimes it may not function as expected. This can be due to various issues ranging from file corruption to large coordinate systems. Below are the common causes and detailed step-by-step solutions to resolve them.

Why Trim Command Doesn’t Work in AutoCAD?


When using the trim command, the polylines/lines/circles/arcs or others objects selected to be trimmed do not respond or are either not selectable.

Causes and Solutions

Cause 1: File Corruption

Symptoms: The TRIM command does not work correctly, possibly due to errors within the drawing file.


  1. Open the Drawing File.
  2. Audit and Fix Errors:
    • Type AUDIT on the command line.
    • Press Enter.
    • Type Y for Yes to fix any errors, then press Enter.
  3. Remove Unused Named Objects:
    • Type PURGE on the command line.
    • Ensure all checkboxes are checked.
    • Click Purge All.
  4. Purge Registered Applications:
    • Type -PURGE on the command line.
    • Type R for Regapps (registered applications), then press Enter.
    • Type *, then press Enter (the asterisk equates to All).
    • Type N when asked to verify each name to be purged, then press Enter.

Cause 2: Large Coordinates

Symptoms: Objects are too far from the 0,0 origin point, which can cause issues with commands like TRIM.


  1. Start the LINE Command:
    • Type LINE on the command line.
    • Set the first point to 0,0.
    • Draw a line across the entire drawing, ending it at the opposite end.
  2. Check the Line Length:
    • Select the line.
    • Type PROPERTIES on the command line.
    • If the line is greater than 5,000 feet, the drawing is too far from the 0,0 coordinates.
  3. Move the Drawing Closer to 0,0:
    • Ensure all layers are unlocked, unfrozen, and turned on.
    • Type MOVE on the command line.
    • Select a base point to reference and manually move the drawing closer to 0,0 by dragging it.

Note: If the model is too far from 0,0, starting the MOVE command and setting the model to 0,0 might not work. Manual dragging is often necessary.

  1. Copy to a New Drawing:
    • Select everything in the drawing.
    • Right-click, go to Clipboard, then Copy.
    • Open a new drawing.
    • Right-click in the model space and select Clipboard, then Paste.

Note: Do not select Paste as Block or Paste to Original Coordinates.

Additional Common Issues and Solutions

  1. Objects Not Intersecting:
    • Ensure the cutting edge intersects the object to be trimmed.
  2. Wrong Selection:
    • Select the cutting edges first, then the objects to be trimmed.
  3. Object Type:
    • Some object types like hatches or blocks may not be trimmed the same way as lines or polylines.
  4. Zoom Level:
    • Zoom in to make precise selections.
  5. Layer Issues:
    • Ensure objects are on the correct layer and that the layers are not locked or frozen.
  6. User Coordinate System (UCS):
    • Make sure the UCS is set correctly for the objects being trimmed.
  7. Software Glitch:
    • Restart AutoCAD to resolve minor glitches.
  8. Command Settings:
    • Check the command options by typing TRIM and pressing Enter.
  9. Command Version:
    • Familiarize yourself with the behavior of the TRIM command in the specific version of AutoCAD being used.
  10. Selection Issues:
    • Try pre-selecting objects before initiating the TRIM command.
    • Ensure the Shift key is not being held accidentally, as it extends lines instead of trimming them.
  11. 3 Variable:
    • Ensure the PICKADD system variable is set to 2.
  12. Dynamic Trim Mode:
    • Switch between dynamic and standard trim modes if needed.

By following these steps and addressing these common issues, you should be able to resolve most problems with the TRIM command in AutoCAD. If the problem persists, consulting the official AutoCAD documentation or online forums for specific error messages can provide further assistance.

About the author

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang is a renowned figure in the CAD (Computer-Aided Design) industry in Canada, with over 30 years of experience spanning his native China and Canada. As the founder of a CAD training center, Wei has been instrumental in shaping the skills of hundreds of technicians and engineers in technical drawing and CAD software applications. He is a certified developer with Autodesk, demonstrating his deep expertise and commitment to staying at the forefront of CAD technology. Wei’s passion for education and technology has not only made him a respected educator but also a key player in advancing CAD methodologies in various engineering sectors. His contributions have significantly impacted the way CAD is taught and applied in the professional world, bridging the gap between traditional drafting techniques and modern digital solutions.