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If you have an entity selected before you click on the Modify>Move-Copy tool, then the left-hand toolbar changes to the <object snap> toolbar. Once you select the snap or no-snap tool, then the rest of the help instructions work as advertised. If you don't have the entity selected when you click on the Modify>Move-Copy tool, then the left-hand toolbar first offers the method of selection. After you pick a method of selection and select the desired entity, then you MUST click the bottom right-hand arrow of the selection toolbar to get to the <object snap> toolbar. Until you click on that right-hand arrow, you will never get the <object snap> toolbar, and you can't get anything to work.
I can not call this a help file problem. The help file does point out that you must click on the right-arrow. Its just human nature to get confused because the program behaves differently when you have the entity pre-selected versus when the entity is not pre-selected. I believe there is some inconsistency here because I think that other tools auto switch to <object snap> when needed. With more experience I will be able to clarify if this inconsistency is real or just my imagination.
So if you want to divide a line segment you must first place a temporary cross line or use some other entity that already intersects with the line that you want to divide. Then Modify, select the Cut scissors on the edit toolbar, then roll over to the entity to be cut and click on it, now select the <object snap> snap-to-intersection tool, then place the mouse near the intersection and left click the mouse to effect the divide function. Then delete the temporary cross line.
Same is true with the Modify>Divide2 tool. This tool removes a chunk from the line and must have two intersecting lines to establish the chunk size.
Lets look at another entity, an ellipse. Notice that the Property window has many more options for the ellipse than for the line. This is because many more considerations are required to draw an ellipse versus a line. If you now use <Edit> <Modify attributes> you will see that the attributes options are the same for the ellipse as they were for the line.
In conclusion, properties of an entity have to do with the layer location, positioning and shape of the selected entity, while the attributes have to do with the layer location and pen qualities for that entity.