Joining and subdividing land
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Whether it is personal land you own and wish to join or split, or you are an officer wanting to make changes to group owned land - the same methods are used.
To create two parcels from one parcel:
- Stand on your parcel. From your View Menu turn on Property Lines. After a brief pause you should see your land boundary shown in red.
- Right-click the ground and choose Edit Land or hit ctrl-5. The ground will change color, you are now in edit mode.
- Your mouse can now be used to left-drag a yellow bounding box around part of your land to select it. Do this to select the portion of land you wish to chop into its own parcel (see the image below).
- With the area selected, you can now click Subdivide... from the Edit Pane. If you can't see this option but can see a More button, click that first and you should see the Subdivide option appear.
- It will prompt you to confirm the split. Once you have agreed - your land will be divided into two separate parcels.
Both parcels can have their own names, land options etc and will accrue traffic independently of each other.
Joining land is a very similar process, once again using the yellow land selection.
- Stand on one of the parcels you wish to join to another. From the View Menu turn on Property Lines.
- Check that both parcels of land are adjacent (they share a border at some point).
- Check that both parcels are within the same region. You cannot join land across a region boundary.
- Check that both parcels have the same owner. You cannot, for example, join your group land to your personal land.
- Okay so far? Then right-click the ground and choose Edit Land or hit Ctrl-5.
- Now you are able to drag the yellow land select box. What you are aiming to do here is to drag the yellow selection such that it spans the border between the two parcels you want to join (see the image below). You need to have selected a little land from both parcels that are to be joined. You do not need to select all of both parcels, just some from both.
- With that done, you should now be able to click the Join... button from the Edit Pane. If you can't see this option but can see a More button, click that first and you should see the Join... option appear.
- With both parcels now joined into one, check the About Land window (right-click the ground and choose 'About Land') to make sure that your settings are correct.
- The smallest parcel you can create in Second Life is 16m² (4m x 4m).
- Every parcel has attributes and policies such as name, description, no-build, etc. When joining land, you form the yellow select box by click-dragging your mouse from one parcel to the next. The "from" parcel - i.e. where you start dragging - will join the "to" parcel - i.e. where you stop dragging - and acquire its attributes. Let's say you have two parcels, A and B. You want to merge B into A. Follow the steps outlined above, starting your drag in B and ending your dag in A. When you join the parcels, B will pick up the attributes and policies of A.