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Use Setbylayer for Block Creation
Tip# 4107 By Kevin E. Vaughn On 29-Apr-2013
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Categories : Layer Properties
Software type : AutoCAD 2014
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Make sure to set objects to Bylayer in AutoCAD, especially blocks.

Kevin E. Vaughn shared a tip for setting AutoCAD objects — especially blocks — to Bylayer.


“When creating blocks, always use layer 0 to create the blocks in. Use the Setbylayer command to change everything to the current layers, including all blocks.”

Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton: It is good practice to have all of your objects set to Bylayer. If you don’t, you lose the ability to manage the display settings of your objects in a viewport. If an object’s properties (such as color or linetype) are set to a specific color or linetype, that object will always be displayed with that color or linetype. This is important because you never know what your future drawings may need or how other users may need to display your linework.


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Comment by Inacio,Denise
Posted on 2013-04-29 13:14:45
I think using both bylayer and byblock are important... too many people don't understand how these settings work, or the valuable part they can play in making blocks easy to use. We set most of our lines in blocks to byblock, that way if you want to show it hidden it is simple to do. I think the use of layers has not evolved enough; there are so many options in AutoCAD now the old standard of using layers for everything seems somewhat, in some cases, outdated.