Saturday, November 01, 2008


A quick tip to transfer styles from another DWG drawing

Most AutoCAD users use DesignCenter to transfer layers and styles from another drawing to their current drawing. But when you receive a foreign DWG file an you want to populate it with your standard layers, text styles, dim styles, etc., you can do this quickly with just the INSERT command.

The trick is in an early, premature cancel of the insertion command (abrogare praecox). Open the foreign DWG drawing, start the INSERT (or -INSERT) command, choose the DWG or DWT file containing your standard styles. Instead of picking the insertion point, just cancel (ESC) the command. This will ensure that no drawing data will be inserted but the styles are already transferred.

You can also automate this procedure with a simple custom menu macro. Use something like this:


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