When it comes to measuring distances, there are two useful tools, depending on what exactly you need:

The Ruler – for a simple A to B distance as the crow flies

The Line – for a multi-point distance, such as if travelling by road

Let's look at each:

Ruler tool

The rule tool is for measuring the direct distance between two objects, like if you're trying to work out how far the local train station is.

Step 1:
First, activate the drawing toolbar using the button in the top right, then select the Ruler tool

Step 2:

Click the first point you want to measure from/to, then click the endpoint. The measurement for the distance will automatically appear in the middle.

Step 3:

By default, the distance will be in metres. You can change this to kilometres, or switch to imperial units, by clicking on the right-hand side of the screen.

Step 4 (if needed):
To delete the line, simply click on the bin in the object specs. You'll get a warning message just to confirm (so it's harder to delete anything important).


Line tool

The line tool is designed to measure more exact, multi-point distances, like if you're plotting a route by road or need to avoid certain obstacles.

Step 1:
As above, you'll need to switch on the drawing toolbar if you haven't already, and this time select "Line".

Step 2:

Each time you click now you'll be able to add a new line, allowing you to change directions, follow roads etc.

Step 3:

Same as with the Rule, by default the distance will be in metres. Change it to kilometres or imperial by clicking on the right-hand side of the screen.

Step 4 (if needed):
Then if you need to delete the route, simply click on the bin in the object specs.

That's it for measuring distances.

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