How to perform AutoCAD Spell Check the Easy Way!

As a non-native English speaker, I tend to make quite many spelling mistakes. This, in an everyday speech or writing, could not be a problem, however, the Drawings we create are a significant part of our portfolio and they should be flawless in every way.

It would be very unproductive for us to spend lots of time, making sure all the text objects are visible (How to Bring all Text to Front in AutoCAD! (With 1 Command!)) and properly aligned (Rotate multiple Text objects in AutoCAD), looking good, and then having spelling mistakes all across the drawings.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy and free way to spellcheck all your text in AutoCAD?

AutoCAD Check Spelling

Fortunately for us, AutoCAD has a free built-in Spell Checking function. And even better is that there are several different English dictionaries (American English, British English, and Canadian English) depending on where your drawings would be reviewed.
For a better understanding of how to use Spell Check in AutoCAD follow the steps below:

  1. First, to launch the checking function type on the command line SPELL
  2. A window will popup, there on the very top is a drop-down menu called Where to check: and the options are as follows
    • Entire Drawing
    • Current Space/layout – Checking all the objects in the layout/model space
    • Selected Objects – Spell checking only selected objects
  3. To change the language, click on the Main Dictionary: drop-down menu and the one you need.
  4. Hit Start
  5. Complete the task by doing one of the following options:
    • Correct the misspelled word by selecting one of the Suggestions list or type in a new word in the Suggestions box.
    • Leave a word unchanged by clicking Ignore.
    • Or Leave a word unchanged and add it to the dictionary by clicking Add to Dictionary.
  6. Repeat the previous step for all misspelled words, or click Change all/ Ignore all.

How to additionally set up the Spell Check function.

To include block attributes, dimension text, and/or external references, when you trigger the SPELL Command, Click on Settings.

There, under Include, you can mark the additional objects you want to be Spell Checked by AutoCAD. The options are Dimension Text, Block Attributes, and External References.

Under Options, you can choose if the spell-checker should ignore one of the following:

  • Ignore capitalized words (Autodesk)
  • Ignore Words with mixed Cases (TrueType)
  • Ignore words in uppercase (DWG)
  • Ignore words with numbers (ISO9000)
  • Ignore words containing punctuation (A/3)

How to add new Words or Custom Dictionaries

To add a custom dictionary or additional words to the existing one, trigger the SPELL Command and then click on Dictionaries.

A new window will pop up, there under Current Main Dictionary, you can choose the main Language to use.
From the Current Custom dictionary drop-down menu, choose Manage Custom Dictionaries to add a new dictionary.
To add additional words to the existing Custom Dictionary, either type in the new words under Content:, or click on Import to import a new list of words (custom dictionary).

Turn On/Off the AutoCAD Spell Check while typing

To make AutoCAD Check words directly while you are typing when you start editing/adding text in an MText object, on the Text Editor ribbon tab, click on the Spell Check icon. That way AutoCAD will continuously underline the misspelled words while typing.

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How to Create Hatch From Block in AutoCAD?

In this article, you will learn how to create your own Hatch pattern from a Block object. Instead of using the standard hatches preset in AutoCAD or importing custom hatch .PAT files from the internet.

Keep in mind, that we are going to use the AutoCAD Express Tools that are only available in the full AutoCAD software and not in the AutoCAD LT version.

How to create Hatch from Block in AutoCAD

For better understanding, we are going to separate the process of creating a hatch from a block into several easy-to-follow steps you can find below.

  1. The first and most obvious step is to either create or choose a block for the new Hatch pattern. It is important to have well defined insertion point of the block.
  2. Go to Express Tools ribbon tab and click on the Super Hatch Icon.
  3. A new window will pop-up, there, click on the second option Block…
  4. On the next screen, select the Block you would like to use for the hatch by name. Then you can choose to either Specify parameters on Screen, or directly fill them in here.

    For the example we will choose to Specify on screen.
    • After clicking on OK, AutoCAD will prompt for Insertion point on the screen for the Block. You can also select one of the following options: Basepoint/Scale/X/Y/Z/Rotate.
    • When Inserction point is specified, AutoCAD will then prompt to enter the X scale factor.
    • Next, enter the Y scale factor.
    • Lastly, specify the rotation of the block on the screen.
    • When finished, the software will show you the block as you have specified it and ask you to confirm the placement.
  5. When the block is placed on the screen, AutoCAD will ask you to specify the block boundary. This is important if you would like to have a gaps around the block see the example below.
  6. The final step is to pick inside of an enclosed area to add the Hatch. Or click on Advanced options to select the Boundary set/Island detection.

This was the fastest and easiest way to create a custom Hatch from Block in AutoCAD!

Note: The Super Hatch is now a “group” of objects and not a true hatch. This is why if you decide to modify the boundary, it will not be “associative”.

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How to Import new Hatch Patterns in AutoCAD (for Windows)

The Hatch object in AutoCAD is used to fill a pattern inside an enclosed area. (How to Hatch non-closed Area in AutoCAD) There are several hatch patterns already preset in AutoCAD. You can choose the desired pattern from a list of preset hatches according to the requirements.

Oftentimes, we need to use different, hatches than the ones included in AutoCAD by default. So today, we will go check How to Import new Hatch patterns in AutoCAD using PAT files.

Import Hatch in AutoCAD

Files with .PAT extensions can be used to get information about the texture/filling of an area. The patterns contained in those files give information about the appearance of material to drawn objects in AutoCAD.

To import the new Hatch in AutoCAD, you need to paste the. PAT file to the support folder of your PC. the Added .PAT files will list under the User Defined or Custom hatch menu within AutoCAD.

  • C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD version\enu\Support

If you can’t see the AppData folder make sure to make hidden files and folders visible.

Insert new Hatch in custom Folder

If you would like to keep all new custom Hatches in a separate folder, away from the support files in AutoCAD, there is a way to achieve that too. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Right click on the AutoCAD draft screen and click on Options (you can also, open the Options tab by clicking on the application menu and choosing Options)
  2. In the Options window, go to Files tab, there select and expand the Support File Search Path.
  3. Now, click on Add at the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. A new line will appear, here, either paste the path to the new Hatch folder, or click on Browse…
    1. A new Window will pop-up, here browse to the folder to add and hit OK.
  5. Finally, hit OK in the Options window tab.

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How to Add a Break-Line in Dimensions? AutoCAD Tips!

Oftentimes, when drawing Details or Sections we need to show only a part of the whole drawing. To illustrate the continuation of the part usually we use Breaklines or Jog lines. These line breaks could be easily drawn by hand or by using the Break-line Symbol tool from the Express Tools. It gets more challenging though when drawing a Dimension break line.
As we’ve already discussed, Dimensions are some of the most important and often used objects in AutoCAD. This is why we should be able to quickly add a Dimension line break / Dimension line jog to illustrate that the object is bigger than depicted in the drawing.

Add Dimension Break symbol in AutoCAD

To add a Dimension break in AutoCAD we will use the DIMJOGLINE command, or more particularly follow the steps below:

  1. First, draw in the linear dimensions as normal.
  2. Then, type in the command line DIMJOGLINE and hit enter.
  3. AutoCAD will ask you to Select dimension to add jog or [Remove]: Select the dimension you want to add the breakline into.
  4. Lastly, specify the location of the Break/Jog symbol on the Dimension line.

Repeat the procedure for all the dimensions you need.

To Remove the break symbol from dimension, repeat the command. This time before selection of the dimension type in R for Remove, and then select the Dimension, to remove the jog.

Edit Dimension Jog Size

The editing of the Dimension Jog symbol is done from the Dimension Style Manager, as are all other dimension style settings.

  1. To Open Dimension Style Manager go to the Annotate Ribbon tab, under Dimensions, at the lower right corner, click on the small arrow.
  2. Select the Dimension Style you are using and hit Modify…
  3. Then, under Symbols and Arrows tab, at the lower right corner is located the Jog Height factor relative to the Text Height.

    Jog height is determined by the distance between the two verticles of the angles that make up the Jog.

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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.

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How to Change Background Color in AutoCAD (And Other Color Settings!)

AutoCAD Model Space Drafting Area is the place where every user spends most of their time. The drafting Area in AutoCAD is the blank canvas on which all the information is placed. This is why it is very important to set it the way you feel most comfortable working.
In the past when our colleagues have used blank pieces of paper to draw everything, today we are privileged to use AutoCAD’s Interactive canvas that can Change Background Color, use Background Grid Lines, and change Marker Colors (Crosshair color) with a click of a mouse.

Change AutoCAD Background Color

We shall start our exploration with Changing Background Color of AutoCAD. To do that follow the steps below:

  1. First, right-click on the screen and open Options.
  2. In the Options window go to Display tab and click on Colors.
  3. A window will pop-up called Drawing Window Colors, under Context choose 2D Model Space, and under Interface Element, Uniform Background.
  4. On the Color list, select the color that you want to use as AutoCAD Background Color.
  5. Hit Apply & Close and your Background Color will be changed!

Note: To go back to the default color settings, click the Restore button on Drawing Window Colors.

Change Layout Background Color in AutoCAD

I really hope you are using AutoCAD Layouts as they are quite an important part of the drawing and can imennsly improve your productivity as discussed in AutoCAD Layouts (8 Reasons to Start Using them!).
I personally like to draw on Black Background. Knowing that the layout tab is created so we can more easily imagine how the drawing would look on a sheet of paper, I still prefer having a black background even on the layout sheet.
So to change layout background color follow the already familiar steps below:

  1. First, right-click on the empty screen and select Options.
  2. On the Options window go to Display tab and click on Colors.
  3. Then, On the Drawing Window Colors, under Context choose Sheet/layout, and under Interface Element select Uniform Background.
  4. On the Color list, select the color that will be used as Layout Background Color .
  5. Lastly click on Apply & Close!

If all the colors on the layout tabs are turned monochrome you can check Layout Tab Displays no Colors in AutoCAD (One Click Solution!)

Turn On/Off Background Grid lines and How to change Grid lines color

Some specialists like to have background Grid while drawing, it is very useful when working mostly in orthogonal lines. Also it is really easy to see relative length differences without the need of adding dimensions or checking manually.
To Turn On or Off Background Grid Lines you can in AutoCAD follow the steps below:

  1. Type on command line GRID
  2. AutoCAD will prompt to Specify grid spacing(X) or [ON/OFF/Snap/Major/aDaptive/Limits/Follow/Aspect] <1.0000>:
  3. Type in the desired grid spacing as it is directly linked to the drawing units.
  4. Then Hit Enter.

The grid lines are instantly added to the AutoCAD Background. Now to change the Grid lines colors we would again go through the same steps as the ones for changing AutoCAD Background Color and Layout Background Colors or more particularly:

  1. Right-click on the blank screen and hit Options.
  2. There in the Display tab click on Colors.
  3. Drawing Window Colors window will pop-up, under Context choose 2D Model Space, and under Interface Element first select Major Grid lines, then Minor Grid lines.
  4. On the Color list, select the color that you want to use.
  5. Hit Apply & Close!

Colors in AutoCAD Conclusions

In conclusion we can easily say that almost all AutoCAD colors are controlled by the Drawing Window Colors. The same way as Chaning Background Color you can easily change the color of AutoCAD Cross hairs, Tracking vector color, Command line etc.

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How to Use Offset in AutoCAD, an in-depth Article!

In this post, we are going to learn everything about Offset in AutoCAD. We are going to look at what exactly the Offset command means and does, how to use Offset in AutoCAD, the different types of offset distance specification.
Furthermore, we are going to elevate our knowledge even further. Learning tricks like creating Multiple Offsets and Double-side offsets.

Offsetting an object creates a parallel copy of the source at a specific distance in an extremely short time! With the help of Offset, we can create concentric circles and parallel curves as well as parallel rectangles and polylines.
For better understanding, we will go through each case below.

How to Use Offset in AutoCAD

First, let’s start with the basics. To learn how to use Offset in AutoCAD, follow the steps below:

  1. Offset Icon is located at the Home Ribbon Tab, under Modify. You can also start the command by typing “O” on the command line.
  2. AutoCAD will ask you to Specify offset distance or [Through/Erase/Layer] <1.0000>:
    At this point we can directly set the desired distance for creating a parallel line/arc/circle or choose one of the options:
    • Through – This option lets you create a parallel object through a point specified on the screen instead of typing in the desired distance.
    • Erase – If you choose this option, AutoCAD will ask if you want to erase the source object after the creation of the new parallel one.
    • Layer – Lets you choose if you want the new object to be created in the same layer as the source object, or in the layer you have currently active.
  3. After specifying the offset distance, choose the object you want to offset (create a parallel copy of it).
  4. AutoCAD will now ask to choose the side to offset, you choose the side relative to the source object by clicking on the screen with the mouse.

Offset a Polyline:

Offset a Circle:

Note: The routine won’t execute fully after the first copy, you can directly select another object or the newly created one to create a new offset copy.

How to create Multiple Offsets in AutoCAD

Often times we need to create more than one parallel copy of our object. For example, if drawing stairs.
AutoCAD gives us the opportunity to create Multiple Offsets with much less effort than selecting and offsetting the object every time. Follow the steps below to learn how to use the Multiple Offset function:

  1. Start Offset command the usual way as discussed above.
  2. Specify the desired Offset Distance.
  3. Select the Object to Offset Multiple Times.
  4. After selecting the Object AutoCAD Prompts to Specify point on side to offset or [Exit/Multiple/Undo] : This time instead of choosing a Side for the Offset, Select Multiple (hit M key).
  5. Now, you can choose the side to create the Offset objects.

As you can see, this trick greatly improves the functionality of the Offset command.

Using Extended Offset in AutoCAD

Extended Offset is part of the Express Tools in AutoCAD. It has the advantage to create Multiple Offsets and/or erasing the Original Object using Keyboard shortcuts.

To trigger the Extended Offset type in EXOFFSET on the command line. Or find it on the Express Tools ribbon, under Modify drop-down menu.

The tool works almost the same way as the normal Offset command, to Create Multiple Offsets Press SHIFT key while specifying a Side to Offset.
To Erase the original Object press CTRL Key while specifying a side to Offset.

Extend, Fillet or Champfer Polyline Sigments when Offset

AutoCAD lets us choose how do we want to treat the potential Gaps between Offset Segments of Polylines. If we would like to Extend the parallel lines where they meet, Fillet the distance between them or Champfer it. All this is controlled with a system Variable called OFFSETGAPTYPE.

The default Value of OFFSETGAPTYPE is 0. When chosen, AutoCAD extends line segments to their projected intersections.

When OFFSETGAPTYPE Value is set to 1, AutoCAD fillets line segments at their projected intersections. The radius of each arc segment is equal to the offset distance.

If OFFSETGAPTYPE Value is set to 2, AutoCAD chamfers line segments at their projected intersections. The perpendicular distance from each chamfer to its corresponding vertex on the original object is equal to the offset distance.

So if, on the other hand, AutoCAD Offset is not working properly and instead of extending the Offset lines is creating Fillet or Chamfer, don’t forget to Check OFFSETGAPTYPE System Variable’s Value!

Double Offset at Once!

We can use an additional Lisp routine created by @LeeMac from The program works almost the same way as the original Offset Command. The difference is that it will create an offset on both sides of the selected Object. To use the routine follow the steps below:

  1. Download the Lisp from here.
  2. Load the Lisp into the AutoCAD.
  3. To trigger the program type in DOFF on the command line.
  4. AutoCAD will ask you to Specify offset distance or [Through/Erase/Layer] <1.0000>: here we are able to use the same settings as the Standard Offset command.
  5. Select the Object to create offset.

AutoCAD does not Offset Polylines, Why?

Sometimes AutoCAD Doesn’t want to offset the polylines we choose to, let’s see why and when that happens. And how to Fix Offset problems.
Check if one of the following issues are present in your case:

  • Is there a zero length segment in the Polyline you are trying to Offset?
    – To get rid of zero length segments in Polyline you can try using Overkill to get rid of those.
  • Are you trying to Offset 3D Polyline?
    – Quick way to convert 3d Polyline to normal Polyline is to Explode it, selecting all segments and setting their Z geometric values to 0, then Joining those elements again to create normal Polyline.
  • Nothing happens when Offseting polyline?
    – Check if the offset value and the Drawing Units are the same.
  • Cannot offset on both sides?
    – Quite a lot of times AutoCAD doesn’t want to Offset a polyline at one of the sides. The solution I personally use is to offset it the oposite side first and then Offsite the new parralel polyline back by doubling the Offset value.

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How to Create Automatic Area Label (4 Step Solution!)

Checking the area of a closed object, a polygon is a common practice when working with AutoCAD. We all know the AREA command that displays the area in the command line. Previously we have even looked at a way to get automatically a summarized areas of several objects.

The issue with these practices is that when the polyline or the object is revised, the label text remains unchanged. This leads to a lot of issues if not taken care of in time.

That Is why, today we are going to look at, how to create an area Label that Dynamically changes when the source object gets changed.

How to create automatic Area Label in AutoCAD

To create a dynamic label/leader we will use AutoCAD text Fields. To learn how, follow the steps below:

  1. Firstly, create your MLEADER  and fill in a constant text for prefix or suffix. For example: Area: …….. s.f.
  2. Secondly, right click on the text area where the area number will be shown and choose Insert Field.
  3. Now, a window called Field will will pop-up here we set the desired properties for the automatic text.
    1. Under Field Category choose Objects that way we will find the wanted field easier.
    2. Field Name should be also Object.
    3. To Choose the Specific Object for which the Automatic Area Label will be created, Click on Select Object button at the middle top of the window.
      AutoCAD will bring you back to the Model Space so you can select the desired object using the mouse.
    4. After going back to the Field window, for desired Property select Area as this what we want to use.
    5. The Format depends on your personal preference, in the example we have chosen Decimal.
    6. Under Format, you will see Precision, there you set the precision for the area text.
  4. After setting up the Field, hit OK. The Automatic Area Label is created!

Note: The field text will be displayed with a grey background fill. Don’t worry, the filling won’t be plotted it is just there as a reference for the Field Text.
If you really don’t like to see it, go to Options then under User Preferences, under Fields, uncheck Display background of fields.

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How to Edit Mline Styles and Draw Parallel Multi-Polylines with Ease!

Mlines in AutoCAD are quite a forgotten thing. In my practice, I see those objects rare, and when I do it tends to be very limited use. That is strange though because with Mline we can draw Multiple Parallel Polylines at once. We can also predetermine the number of parallel lines drawn. Together with their color, linetype, offset, and justification.

In my mind, the limited use of these objects is due to the troublesome editing, as you can’t use the well-known practice of Edit Vertexes of Polylines! Editing the number and style of the parallel lines is quite troublesome too! So today we will go through all these problems and drawing of Parallel Multi Lines as efficient as possible!

Create Mline Style in AutoCAD

Our first Stop will be Creating personalized Styles for Mlines we will be using. To create a Mline Style follow the steps below:

  1. To open Multiline Style Editor, type on the command line MLSTYLE.
  2. A Window will pop up where you can see the current Mline styles present in the current drawing. There hit on New… to create your own style.
  3. At the next stop, you have to type in the Name of the style for your parallel lines. And the starting style to use.
  4. Next is the actual Mline Style Creation as you can see on the image.
  1. Type in Description for the style if you like.
  2. Under Elements tab, you can take a look at the number, offset, color and linetype of the Parallel lines that will be created.
  3. Add or Delete new lines to the Mline style.
  4. Control the Offset of the different Lines, they don’t have to be symmetrical.
  5. Change the Color of the Parallel lines
  6. Changes the Linetype of the selected Parallel line.
  7. Controls wheather or not to have Line, Inner Arc or Outter Arc at the Start/End of the Multi line object.
  8. Lets us Fill the space between those parallel lines.
  9. Controls weather or not to add perpendecular line at the Mline Vertexes.
  10. Lets us preview the changes live while we are making them.
    Note that the preview is on separate window and could be hidden from view.

Hit OK and Set the new style to be Current.

To draw in multiple parallel lines using Mline and our new Mlstyle just type in Ml and start drawing!

Edit Mline Object

Our second stop will be Editing Mline Objects. As I previously said, this is maybe the biggest reason, why people don’t like and won’t use Mlines.

To edit the geometry of an existing Mline we can use the grips in order to move vertexes around, but when it comes to adding and erasing new vertexes we need to use MLEDIT command. It actually can do many more things as you can see in the picture below.

We won’t stop on each and every one of those as they are pretty easy and straightforward.

The problems start when we want to add an additional parallel line to the already existing Mline or when we try to add Line Width to the Mline object.

That is because we can’t change the style of an existing Mline object, nor we can change the Line width of the Mline Parallel lines.
We can’t even Explode the Mline because it leaves us with many Lines that need to be joined in order to get polylines that can be edited accordingly. This is all too time-consuming and inefficient. So how to draw Multiple Parallel Polylines then?

Draw Parallel Multi-Polylines (a very Improved Mline)

To Quickly draw Multiple Parallel Polylines we are going to use a LISP created by Lee Mac. He is one of the most knowledgeable AutoLISP people I’ve ever seen and has helped thousands of people with his great programs.

The one we are looking at today is his Multi-Polyline which enables us to create Multiple Parallel Polylines with the appearance and the Style of Mline Object. This will enable us to change the Mline width as the resulting objects are separate Polylines. The Lisp uses the existing Mline styles that you have in the drawing to draw the Polyline objects.
To draw the Improved Mline follow the steps below:

  1. First, download the Lisp from Here. And Load it into AutoCAD (How to load Lisp in AutoCAD).
  2. Then, start the routine by typing MPL on the command line.
  3. AutoCAD will prompt to Specify start point or [Justification/Scale/STyle]: Now, you can directly start drawing the Multiple Parallel Polylines or use the other options:
    • Justification – lets you choose how the Polylines are drawn between the vertexes that you specify.
    • Scale – Controls the offset between the Parallel polylines. Default value is determined by the Mline Style (check first paragraph).
    • Style – Lets you choose the Mlstyle for the Polylines.
  4. Draw the Multi-Polyline the same way as drawing a Mline object.

That’s it, now, instead of one, hard to edit Mline object we have multiple parallel Polylines that can be easily edited together. We can now easily choose the desired polyline and change it’s width, that way we will get a Mline with different line widths.

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How to Quickly Copy from Xref (Copy from Block) in AutoCAD

Many times I have wondered how to Quickly Copy objects from an Xref or from a Block without opening it first and then using the good old Copy and Paste.

I know it sounds silly, but, often times when coping from external reference or from a block, we end up with the very big or very small item. This is because those objects were drawn on a completely different scale than the one we are using in the host drawing.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could Copy from Xref directly with just one command the same way we are copying objects from the current drawing?

It definitely will, and it is possible with one small trick that we will help you find today!

Directly Copy from Xref or from Block!

To Copy nested objects directly from the host drawing follow the steps below:

  1. First, type on command line NCOPY to start nested objects copy.
    • AutoCAD Prompts to Select nested objects to copy or [Settings]:. As in Settings you can choose to either use to Bind or Insert the Newly copied Objects.
  2. Secondly, choose the objects you want to copy and hit Enter.
  3. Now AutoCAD will ask you to Specify base point or [Displacement/Multiple] :
    • The first option is to directly Specify Base Point and then place the object in the where you seem fit.
    • The second option Displacement, lets you choose a specific values for the displacement of the new object.
    • The third option, Multiple lets you Paste multiple times the objects you have selected.

That was it, almost as easy as using the typical Copy command.

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