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.

Hope you find this information useful. Don’t forget to share with friends and colleagues.
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Change multiple objects to ByLayer Effortlessly!

Set multiple properties of multiple objects to ByLayer with one command!

Today we will look at one really interesting and very useful command that i recently found about. It’s called SetByLayer and what this command does is simply change Color, Linetype, Lineweight, Material and Transparency  of all object you have selected to “ByLayer“. It really comes in handy when you receive drawing from someone for example architect, or if you are using an old drawing that you have drawn and forgot about it.

Now we will look at one little example how and when the command may be a life saver.

Here we have drawing of site improvements. We want to change the color of all architect’s objects to color 8. That is because it will look great with our .ctb file.

I find it extremely easy just to select all x-ref layer and put them into color 8. However as we you can see there are some walls, doors and text left with its forced color. 

Now we will just open the x-ref type in SETBYLAYER. Upon starting the command you will

see in the command line “SETBYLAYER Select objects or [Settings]:  type “S” and a window will pop up. Here you can choose what you want to change – Color, Linetype, Lineweight, Material or Transparency. Make your choice and hit OK.

After setting up our preferred options (I will leave all checked) we can select objects. In the example i will select all by typing “All” in command line. Now AutoCAD will ask us if we want to change ByBlock to ByLayer we will hit Yes. Then it will ask if we want to include Blocks. In that case we will chose Yes again if you want to keep blocks with forced settings you can always select No, and we are ready!

Last step is to go back in our drawing and reload the External Reference. Now you can see the selected objects are changed to BYLAYER.


Use your own TEMPLATE! (Create your own CAD standards!)

Why do I need a template?

The Title says it all, use your own Template! I hate when we at the office receive drawing 

with only one layer – Layer 0, Aahhh it can’t be worst (well for example if coordinates are wrong or local it could be..). Sometimes we will receive a drawing with some layers but only a few and it is really, really annoying to work with such a drawing.

So don’t be one of those people who is using only one or two layers and are too lazy to click 2 times with the mouse. It won’t only help your colleagues, but will help you too!

Now when you are using Civil 3d it comes with preset templates for all its objects, but usually, we drafters create new ones that suit our needs the best. Upon making a new Alignment style, for example, you can set its default layer it will be layer 0 but we can change it to C-ALGN for example, this will help us isolate alignments easier when our drawing becomes full of information. I recommend you to use unique layers, different from someone else’s, that way it will be easier to keep track of your work.

If you are using Custom Template which has all the objects set, but they are all drawn in

layer 0 you can easily find their styles without having to draw every object and then go into its settings to set things up. Just open your Toolspace and then go to Settings tab there you will find all preset settings in your drawing. Now you just have to find objects you want to edit and expand them.
For example, we want to change our Profile styles we Open Toolspace, then we go to Settings, then we expand Profiles and then we expand Profile Styles. Here we will see all saved styles just right-click on a style and hit Edit… In the pop-up window, we go to Display and here we can change our layers.

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