If you want to create a simple offset without the dimension that drives the offset geometry, disable Maintain Relationships before the running the offset command. Constraints will not be created. A dimension is a constraint. Then enable Maintain Relationships again when finished.
I believe I should have spent more time reading the directions and less time holding my head down and bullying through. By the way, this is a really nice drawing program. I was using an old Auto Cad (R-14) till the computers outgrew it. I even tried programs that wanted money for you to use it but this program out does all of them. Thanks again. Casey