Binding external references to drawings
External references are not part of the drawing. Rather, they are links to
an externally referenced file. To provide a copy of a drawing containing external
references to someone else, you must also provide all the external reference
files. In addition, the person receiving the drawings must either re-create
the same paths you used when linking the external references or change the paths
for the external references.
To provide a copy of a drawing that contains external references, it is often
easier to first bind the external references to the drawing. Binding the external
references makes them a permanent part of the drawing, which is similar to inserting
a separate drawing as a block.
You can bind external references that are attached directly to the current
drawing; you cannot bind nested external references.
To bind an existing external reference to a drawing
- Do one of the following:
Select the external reference to bind.
Choose one of the following:
- Choose Insert > Xref Manager.
- On the Tools toolbar, click the Xref Manager tool ().
- Type xrm and then press Enter.
- Bind Binds the external reference and
creates a unique name for each named entity, such as a layer or block,
that is located in the external reference. For example, a layer named
Electric in the external reference will be named Xref$0$Electric in the
current drawing. If the current drawing already has a layer or block with
the same name, the name is changed incrementally, for example, Xref$1$Electric.
- Insert Binds the external reference, but
does not change the names of any named entities in the external reference.
For example, a layer named Electric in the external reference will have
the same name, Electric, in the current drawing. If the current drawing
has a layer or block with the same name, the named entity in the external
reference takes on the properties of the named entity in the current drawing.
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Attaching external references
Changing the path for
Opening external references
Reloading external references