Do you ever have to send AutoCAD drawings with xrefs? Here is a tip for combining all the xref files into one file to make sending them easier.
While in a drawing with xrefs, activate the xref dialog box. I’m old-school, so I type in xref at the Command line.
In the xref dialog box, right-click the xref files below the top-level drawing, then select Bind — or you can use Insert. (The difference is in how the line types are handled. I like Bind.)
Notice how the file is added as a block to the original file.
If you used Bind, there will now be additional layers with the xref name in front of them. (If you use Insert, the xref name will not show up but the layers will).
This is handy when transmitting files with xrefs because it ensures that the files needed to open the top-level file will be there. Warning: This will affect the file size.
Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer R.K. McSwain: Prior to eTransmit, there was a tool called Pack n Go. Both of them will package up drawing files for transmitting to outside users. Sometimes these tools can be overkill, especially if you just have a few xrefs or none at all. David's tip here explains how to bind xref files into drawing blocks, so that everything will be contained in a single DWG file for easy file sharing.
See also tip #2251 and tip #3063.