Michael G. Knox shares with us a tip on how to copy AutoCAD objects through a referenced file.
"This basic tip is one a lot of people do not use in AutoCAD. Our office works with a lot of xrefs in drawings and this tip often comes in handy.
"If you have an object in the xref and would like to copy it, all you need to do is simply type NCopy. AutoCAD will prompt you to select your objects. After you do so, you can place the selected items anywhere you would like on your drawing.
"This is already set up in AutoCAD. We currently use AutoCAD MEP 2010 and 11, but we noticed that this technique works in older versions also."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: NCopy is an Express Tool that has been around for a long time. It copies nested objects — that is, objects that are inside a block or xref. It works just like the Copy command, except it places the object on your current layer. It's a great way to get linework from a referenced file or block into your current drawing.