Missing Layers in AutoCAD drop-down List. How to find them?

Today’s issue we are going to tackle is the missing Layers in the drop-down Layer list or in the AutoCAD Layer Manager.
If your AutoCAD doesn’t list all the layers you know there are in the current drawing, don’t worry, there are two highly likely reasons for this. And we are going to look at them both. So let’s start with the first one.

Layers Filter causing Missing Layers

The first thing we are going to check is the Layer Filters. If a filter is in use, then, only the layers that correspond to the said filter will be displayed.

As a whole Layer Filters can be extremely useful when working on drawings with lots of Layers. By using the Layer Filter, you can control which Layer names are listed in Layer Properties Manager. You can filter your layers automatically by the range of properties or manually.
To learn more about Layer Filters, check the post on Autodesk’s site: Using Layer Filters

To Turn On all the Missing Layers, open the Layer Properties Manager and make sure that on the left side, under Filters, the selected one is All.

If you are working on a drawing that someone else has sent you, they could select one of the other Layer filters or create their own. That way some of the layers won’t be listed.

System Variable MAXSORT

If even after selecting “All” for the Layer Filters, some of the layers are missing from the Layer Properties Manager or the Layer Tab drop-down menu, you can check if the MAXSORT system variable is turned on and is causing this issue.

MAXSORT variable sets the maximum number of listed layers names, block names, and file names that are sorted in drop-down lists and palettes. The initial value is 1000 and can go up to 32767 according to Autodesk.

If the MAXSORT is changed to less than the number of layers in the current drawing then, not all layers will be listed, so make sure it is not changed. Or if it is, set it back to 1000 it should be well enough for any drawing.

To check the value, on the command line type in MAXSORT. AutoCAD will prompt to Enter new value for MAXSORT <1000>: type in 1000 if the value is set to less.

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How to Copy Layer Settings to Another Drawing (Copy Layer Properties)

Are you trying to Copy Layer Properties from one drawing to another? Or Trying to Copy a Layer Settings between different Layout Tabs / Viewports? Well, Today we are going to look exactly at how can this be done in AutoCAD.

Copy Layer Settings to Another Drawing

To Copy and Paste the current Layer Properties to another drawing we are going to use a feature called the Layer States. So what exactly are the Layer States?
Well, Layer States is a picture of your existing Layer Settings. You can save as many Layer States as you want in an AutoCAD Drawing, when saved it will be extremely easy to go back, or Copy and Paste the Layer Settings.
Also, if you are constantly freezing and switching layers on and off just to see parts of your drawing, you would definitely benefit from this great tool.

To Illustrate better the power of Layer States, we are going to look at an example that I hope will show you how the Great Layer States can be! In the example, we will start with a simple and clean Grading Plan and try to create a Construction Staking Plan. For creating the Staking Plan, we will xref in it the already drawn Grading Plan and go from there.

We start with the nice-looking Grading Plan.

The second step is to Xref the Grading Plan (GD Test 2) in the Staking Plan (CS test2)

This viewport doesn’t look even close to GD plan. Now we will use the Layer States to copy the Layer Properties from GD to the CS file. To do exactly that Follow the steps below:
  1. Into GD viewport in GD drawing and click on Layer Properties
  2. We click on Layer State Manager. Or we can just write on command line LAS this command will directly open Layer State Manager.
    As you can see there are some layer states already present in the drawing.
  3. Here we will Click on “New..” to create new Layer state.
  4. Type in name – “GD LAS” and click OK. Now we can see that now there is Layer State named “GD LAS”
  5. Now we Click on “Export..” and we will save our .las file somewhere we can find it later.
  6. In the Construction Staking Plan (CS test2) we go to the layout tab and open up our viewport.
  7. Now we open our Layer State Manager. Here, we uncheck Turn off layers not found in layer state and click Import.
  8. When searching fot the previously saved file, we make sure that File Type is selected to .las. When finding it ,we can import it by hitting the “Open” button.
  9. A window will pop up and ask you if you want to Restore states, you click on Restore

The Result:

Following the steps above you can Copy Layer Settings from different Drawings or different viewports from one drawing.

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