Copy Layouts in AutoCAD (3 Extremely Simple Methods)

Today we are discussing the topic of How to Copy Layouts in AutoCAD. I am going to explain 3 different methods, each suitable for a different occasion so you can choose the best one for you!

Creating Layouts from scratch every time can be very time-consuming and annoying. This is why the idea to Copy an already created Layout in the drawing or Import a layout from an older AutoCAD Drawing you’ve worked on is great!
Two of the tricks we are going to look at will help us Copy a Layout from Another Drawing file, while the last one will let us create a copy of a layout in the current drawing.

Copy Layout from another Drawing in AutoCAD

Often times when starting a new project or just a new drawing, we may want to use an already existing template. This template can include preset viewports, title block, text fields, etc. Alternatively, we may want to Import a preset Layout setup used in older a drawing. So to Copy a layout from another drawing in AutoCAD, follow the steps below:

  1. First, in the current drawing Right-Click on a Layout Tab below, and choose From Template…
  2. Next, a window will pop-up called Select Template from file, here navigate to the file you want to Copy a layout from and hit Open. It can be either Drawing file .dwg or a Drawing template .dwt.
  3. Finally, AutoCAD will ask which layouts do you want to Import in the current drawings. Choose the ones you need and hit Open.

    You can chose more than one!

That was it, you successfully Copied a Layout from another Drawing!

Import Layout from an Active Drawing

The second Trick will let us copy a layout from another currently Active Drawing. I really like this one, as I don’t have to navigate to the directory of the other file. It can be really helpful when you are using a lot of different layouts and not all of them are arranged in templates.
To import a layout from active drawing follow these steps:

  1. In the new drawing, type on the command line ADCENTER to open the Design Center.
  2. There, go to Open Drawings tab and click on Layouts, under the drawing you are going to use as a template.
  3. At Right side, you will see all the layouts in that drawing. Right-Click on the one you want to import and hit Add Layout(s)

Note: You can select more than one layout from the list and add those at once!

Copy Layouts in the Current Drawing

The last method will let us copy already created layouts in the current Drawing. It is quite basic but can still save us lots of time! To make a Copy of Layouts in the current Drawing, follow the steps below:

  1. Right-Click on the Layout you want to copy.
  2. Select Move or Copy…
  3. A window will pop up, there select where to paste the copied Layout and dont forget to check Create a copy mark.
  4. Hit OK!

The new Copy of the chosen Layout will be placed before the layout selected in the Move or Copy window.

If you found this information useful. Don’t forget to check our other AutoCAD Tips for more great Tips and Tricks just like this one!

AutoCAD Layouts (8 Reasons to Start Using them!)

Even now 2018 I still receive drawings that are drown entirely in the Model space. And their Borders and Title Blocks are also set there. I just Can’t figure why!

Yes, people from the older generation are more used to Model space, but if you are younger than forty there is just no excuse for you!

Using Layouts can bring so much great benefits that will help you dramatically increase your productivity! Here are 10 Reasons I could think of why you should use AutoCAD Layout:

Always draw in Real Scale

You can have as many scales as you want in your Layout and still draw everything in full scale 1:1. This is Done by using viewports with different scales.

It doesn’t matter if you have 2, 4, or 10 different scales in your sheet later. We can always draw in full scale 1:1. Even for beginners can easily complete the drawing without having to think how they need to scale the drawing, creating different dimension styles, etc.

Have Different Viewports

We can show different areas of our Model space in different viewports. For example, if the drawing is too big for one sheet, or if we want to “Zoom in” something specific. That way we can easily update the model space and all the viewports will be automatically updated!

Easy to Change Scales

Using Layout it is dead easy to control the Drawing Scale. As previously discussed, everything is drawn 1 by 1 and the scale can be easily arranged into the layout. The change is done by simply choosing the scale you need. Either by selecting the viewports and going to properties or at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Different Layer Properties

When drawing everything in Model space and using our standard layers and colors we will create our design but when using Layouts we can use different Layer States for the different viewports. That way we will have different layer properties of one single drawing in one file drawing it only once!

The Advantages of Annotations

By using Layouts we can have less Text and Dimension Styles and use the advantages of Annotation scales. That way we won’t need to create several different Text and Dim styles for Different Scales. Annotation scales will automatically scale the objects so they will look identical on every scale you choose. This also can be applied to Blocks that use Annotation Scales!
If you are already using Annotation scales and are looking for a way to stop the annoying Annotation Preview Look at our Post about that topic: How to Turn off Annotation scale Preview

Different Drawing Orientation

You can Configure each Viewport to have its own Orientation. For example, you want the show your Axis perpendicular to the sheet, it is an easy job using the view layouts!

Print Drawings more Easily

Remember your layout is the same thing as your sheet, so when you are printing use 1:1 scale. If your company has a template then it will be really easy for you to start setting up and plotting your sheets!

If you have ever tried to print something that is drawn in the model space you know that pain of calculating the scale on the plot scale.

Use Sheet Set Manager

The next step you can take to Manage your Layouts is to start using Sheet Set Manager, this way you will be able to Automatically fill up data in your title block, Batch Plot drawings and create transmittals and much, much more. Learn No1: AutoCAD Secret! (7 Benefits of using Sheet Set!)

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