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Drawing Settings - Display tab


The Display tab of the Drawing Settings dialog box controls how information is displayed in progeCAD, such as coordinates, highlighting, grip color, lineweights, and dialog box and prompt defaults. From the Change Settings For list, choose Display, Limits, Grips, Program Interface, Viewing, or Lineweights to set Display defaults.


Coordinate Display Select a format to display the coordinates on the status bar. You can change the coordinate display at any time by pressing F6 or Ctrl+D.


Show solid fill Click the check box to display solid filled entities, such as wide polylines, planes, and donuts. When unchecked, the program displays solid filled entities as outlines. The default is checked.

TIP Unchecking solid fill speeds up screen updates and printing.

Enable quick text Click the check box to display all text as rectangular outlines. The default is unchecked. The quick text option does not take effect until after you use the Regenerate command.

TIP Turning on quick text speeds up screen updates and printing.

Highlight item when selected Click the check box to display selected entities in a dashed pattern. Doing this helps you see which entities have been selected. The default is checked.

Show marker blips Click the check box to display a plus sign (+) each time you specify a point. This is a temporary marker, and it does not print. Marker blips help you see where you specified points, but they can make the screen appear cluttered. To remove them, use the Redraw command. The default is unchecked.

Entity dragging Select the method you want the program to use to display dragged entities.

UCS Icon Select whether you want the UCS icon turned off, turned on (the default), or displayed at the origin (0,0,0). When you select On, the UCS icon is displayed in the lower-right corner of the window.


Drawing limits Specify the Upper Right and Lower Left x,y-coordinates to define the extent of the drawing area, or click Select to define the extent by specifying points in the drawing.

Select Click to specify the limits from the drawing.

Disallow input beyond limits Click the check box to prevent drawing outside the limits (the default is unchecked). This is the same as the Drawing Limits toggle.

The limits settings also affect the extent of the grid display, as well as the Zoom All command, by limiting the grid display and maximum zoom area to that of the drawing limits.


Enable grips Click the check box to display grips when an entity is selected. The default is checked.

Grip size Specify the size of the grip square. The default is 3 pixels.

Grip color Select the color for the grips. The default is green.

Program Interface

Enable dialog boxes for file selection Click the check box to display a dialog box whenever a file must be opened or imported to use a command. When unchecked, you are prompted for a file name at the command line. The default is checked.

Enable dialog boxes for other commands This option is not implemented.

Enable text screen echo: Click the check box to have command-line text displayed in the Prompt History window.

Disable menu item echo Prevents command names from displaying in the command bar when they are chosen. The default is unchecked.

Disable system prompts from menu This option is not implemented.

Enable Undo Command Click the check box to turn the Undo command off. The default is checked.

Enable Undo Groups Click the check box to turn the Undo Mark feature on. An Undo Mark is a break point in the sequence of commands that limits how far back you can undo at one time. The default is unchecked.

Command line Select whether special characters entered in the command bar are interpreted literally or considered special LISP command characters. For example, if you select Read Text Literally, the open parenthesis character is not visible at the start of a LISP expression.


Displays the current viewing settings. These settings are for your information only and cannot be changed through this dialog box.


Current Lineweight Select the lineweight for new entities. The default is BYLAYER.

Units for Listing Select whether you want to use millimeters or inches for lineweight measurements.

Display Lineweights Click the check box if you want lineweights to display on your screen. This does not affect whether lineweights print.

Default Select the lineweight assigned to layers that use the Default lineweight. For example, if you choose .09 millimeters, entities on layers assigned the Default lineweight will display and print using the .09 millimeter lineweight (as long as the entities are assigned the BYLAYER lineweight).

Adjust Display Scale Move the slider to the display scale you want. The default is 1.0. The display scale affects how lineweights appear on your screen, not how they appear when printed.

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Undo Multiple

Set the drawing limits

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