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Tip# 3130 By Mick Noble On 25-Jan-2009
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Categories : DWG
Software type : AutoCAD
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Using Design Center you can search drives or specific folders for drawings containing a particular file name (xref).

Mick Noble sent us an AutoCAD tip that answers the question, "Ever wondered what drawings contained what xrefs?" Wonder no more.

Using Design Center you can search drives or specific folders for drawings containing a particular file name (xref).  Type 'adcenter' to activate the Design Center dialog box.
Click the 'Search' button (it is a blue magnifying glass icon).
'Look for' (a pulldown menu) an Xref.
'In' (folder selection) browse to required folder.
'Search for the name' (field) put in file name.
Hit the 'Search Now' button.
'Answer' a list will appear with the names of all drawing containing the named Xref.
Tip 1.
It can also be used to search for Blocks, Dimstyles, Drawings, Hatch Patterns, Layers, Layouts, Linetypes, etc. etc.
Tip. 2
Minimize your search options to a specific folder to speed up the process.

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:  The Design Center in AutoCAD is a very useful manager.  You can easily transfer, copy or insert styles (and other objects) from one AutoCAD file to another.  The search ability in the Design Center is one of those commands or tools in AutoCAD that many people don't know about but wish they did.  Great tip. Tested in AutoCAD 2009


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Comment by McSwain,R.K.
Posted on 2009-01-26 14:17:49
Give some credit to Mai Ezzat. This tip was first published (as far as I know) on http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com a couple of years ago. http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/autocad_tips_find_xrefs.html That is not to say that a reminder such as this is not a good thing. There is no telling how many new CAD users join the ranks each day.
Comment by Stewart,Jonathan
Posted on 2009-01-26 15:30:11
A possible overlooked tool, that is very useful, is The Reference Manager. It's a separate program that you'll find under the Windows Start Menu > Program Files > Autodesk > ...where ever you have you're autodesk products... See attached image. This is a great tool for both seeing all your references and for updating your references quickly if you change drawing paths or directories. My image is showing a little differently then some because I'm Using Civil 3D 2009. Hope someone gives a "Uh, I didn't know about that" Cheers, Jonathan Stewart