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Drawing Settings - Entity Creation tab


The Entity Creation tab of the Drawing Settings dialog box controls the default settings for new entities, such as color, layer, linetype, and scale; lineweight; text height; and hatch pattern. From the Change Settings For list, choose Attributes, Donuts, Ellipse, Freehand Sketches, Hatches, Insertions, Points, Polylines and Traces, Shapes, or Text to set Entity Creation defaults.


Entity layer Select the layer on which new entities are drawn. The default is 0.

Entity linetype Select the linetype for new entities. The default is BYLAYER.

Global linetype scale Select a scale to apply to all new entities. The default is 1.0.

Entity color Select a color for all new entities. Click Select Color to open the Color dialog box and select an index color, true color, or color book color. The default is BYLAYER.

Linetype scale Select a linetype scale to apply to all new entities. The default is 1.0.

Entity lineweight Select the lineweight for new entities. The default is BYLAYER.

Print style Select the print style for new entities. For drawings that use color-dependent print style tables, the default is BYCOLOR, which cannot be changed. For drawings that use named print style tables, the default is BYLAYER, which can be changed.


Insertion default settings Select whether you want default values used when you insert an attribute or whether you want the program to prompt you for settings (the default).

Default attribute modes Click the check box if you want an attribute hidden (not displayed in the drawing unless Attribute Display is turned on); fixed (value is constant and cannot be changed); validated (you are prompted to confirm the value on insertion); and/or defined (the attribute takes on its default value, unless you change it). The default is all boxes unchecked.

Attribute insertion methods When you insert an attribute, you can enter the values at the command line (the default), or you can have a dialog box appear listing the attribute tags and their default values.

Attribute display modes To force the display of all attributes, select On. When a drawing is cluttered with attribute text, select Off. To only display attributes that do not have the hidden value, select Normal (the default).


Outside diameter of donut Specify the value for the outer diameter of a donut (the default is 1.0).

Inside diameter of donut: Specify the value for the inside diameter of a donut (the default is 0.5).


Create true ellipses Click to create a mathematically accurate ellipse.

Create ellipses as polylines Click to draw the ellipse from polyline arcs, which is compatible with DWG versions R12 and earlier.

Freehand Sketch

Freehand sketching methods If you want the freehand sketch created from individual line segments (the default), select the lines option. If you want freehand sketch created as a single polyline, select the polyline option.

Length of segments Specify the length of the line or polyline segments. The default is 0.1 units.


Pattern name From the list, select the name of the hatch pattern that you want.

Pattern scale Specify the scale factor of the hatch pattern. In most cases, this matches the drawing scale.

Pattern angle Specify the angle of the hatch pattern. In most cases, leave this setting at 0 degrees, because the hatch pattern is usually already created at the proper angle.

Pattern styles Select whether you want the hatch pattern applied in standard mode, in which the alternating interior areas are hatched (the default), outer mode, in which only the outermost ring is hatched, or all, in which everything within the outermost boundary is hatched, including text.

Hatching with lines If the hatch pattern is being applied as lines, click the check box to enable crosshatching, where a second pattern is applied at 90 degrees. Specify the spacing that you want between lines.

TIP The rotation angle and x,y-origin of hatch patterns is also controlled by the Snap origin and rotation settings.


Default block name Enter the name of the block (there is no default name).

Insertion base point Specify the x,y,z coordinates for the insertion point of the block (the default is 0,0,0). Click Select to specify a point in the drawing.


Point size Specify the point size that you want. A value of 0 draws the points at 5% of the window size.

Point display type Select the appearance that you want for the point.

Polylines and Traces

Polyline width Specify the width of polylines (the default is 0).

Trace width Specify the width of traces (the default is 0.5).

Apply linetypes continuously to newly created polylines When a linetype is applied to a polyline, the linetype can start and stop with every polyline segment (the default is off), or it can start and stop with the start and endpoints of the entire polyline length.


Shape name This option is not implemented.


Default text height Specify the height of text. The default is 0.2 units. When the value is 0.0, the Multiline Text commands prompt you for text height.

Default text style Select the name for the text style.

Explore text styles Click Explore Text Styles to display the progeCAD Explorer.


Multiline Text


Select Color

Text (Paragraph)

Text (Single Line)

Setting the current entity color

Setting the current linetype

Setting the linetype scale

Setting the text height

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