Setting the current linetype
Linetypes help convey information. You use different linetypes to differentiate
the purpose of one line from another. A linetype consists of a repeating pattern
of dots, dashes, or blank spaces. Linetypes determine the appearance of entities
both on the screen and when printed. By default, every drawing has at least
three linetypes: CONTINUOUS, BYLAYER, and BYBLOCK. Your drawing may also contain
an unlimited number of additional linetypes.
When you create an entity, it is created using the current linetype. By default,
the current linetype is BYLAYER. progeCAD indicates that the entity linetype
is determined by the current layer’s linetype by assigning the BYLAYER
property as the default linetype setting. When you assign BYLAYER, changing
a layer’s linetype changes the linetype of all the entities assigned that
layer (if they were created using the linetype BYLAYER).
You can also select a specific linetype as the current linetype, which overrides
the layer’s linetype setting. Entities are then created using that linetype,
and changing the layer linetype has no effect on them.
As a third option, you can use the linetype BYBLOCK property, in which case
new entities are drawn using the CONTINUOUS linetype until you group them into
a block. The entities then inherit the block’s linetype setting when you
insert the block into a drawing.
To set the current linetype
- Do one of the following:
Click the Entity Creation tab.
In the Entity Linetype list, choose the linetype that you want to make current.
- Choose Settings > Drawing Settings.
- On the Settings toolbar, click the Drawing Settings tool ().
- Type settings and then press Enter.
TIP On the status bar, right-click on the word
BYLAYER for the current linetype, click Properties, and then choose the linetype
that you want to make current.