Specifies the viewing distance for magnifications and perspective.

Compatible Products: – | Pro | Premium | Enterprise | Ent PP | Ent Solver | DYNA


Window number (or ALL) to which command applies (defaults to 1).


Distance along the view line from the observer to the focus point (defaults to value producing full-window display). Distances "too close" to the object will produce excessive magnifications. If DVAL = AUTO, zero, or blank, the program will calculate the distance automatically. If DVAL = USER, the distance of last display will be used (useful when last display automatically calculated distance).


DVAL interpretation key:



Interpret numerical DVAL values as described above.



Interpret DVAL as a multiplier on the current distance (DVAL of 2 gives twice the current distance; 0.5 gives half the current distance, etc.).

Command Default

Distance is automatically calculated to produce full window magnification.


The scale factor is relative to the window shape. For example, for objects centered in a square window and with parallel projection (no perspective), a distance of   /2 (+10%) produces a full window magnification, where   is the largest in-plane vertical or horizontal dimension. See also /AUTO and /USER commands.

This command is valid in any processor.

Menu Paths

Utility Menu>PlotCtrls>Pan, Zoom, Rotate
Utility Menu>PlotCtrls>View Settings>Magnification

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