Lighten up Xrefs in AutoCAD! (Quick Xref Fade options!)

In Today’s post, we will look at External references. More particularly how to make Xrefs more visible in our AutoCAD Drawings. The trick is hidden in the Xref Fade control options which we are exploring below.

As previously said I like to work with lots of X-refs. Often times I am searching for a specific feature on the referenced drawing that remains hidden, or at least it seems like that.


This is due to the Xref fade control option of AutoCAD. To make referenced objects stand out a little bit more you will need to set the Fade to a different figure. The value is usually set to 70 or 50 (depending on the version of the software). I would suggest you experiment a little with it, try a different value! The lower the value the brighter the External Reference will become.

To find the Fade controls in AutoCAD follow the steps below:

  1. First right click on the empty space of the drawing.
  2. Select Options from the drop-down menu.
  3. A window will pop up, go to the Display tab, there under Fade control use the slider to change the Fade control for Xrefs.


Check out the results after changing the fade control of the first picture from 70 to 40, what a difference!


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!

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