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Setting a layer's linetype

Each layer uses a default linetype (a repeating pattern of dashes, dots, or blank spaces). Linetype determines the appearance of entities both on the screen and when printed.

It's a good idea to assign the BYLAYER linetype to any entities that you draw on that layer. progeCAD uses the BYLAYER linetype as the default linetype setting for Entity Creation (in the Drawing Settings dialog box).

Using the progeCAD Explorer, you can set or change the linetype assigned to a layer. With the direct-editing feature, you can click on the linetype you want to change, and then select a new linetype from the dialog box that appears. Changing the linetype assigned to a layer changes the linetype of all entities drawn on that layer with the BYLAYER linetype.


NOTE Only those linetypes already set in the drawing can be assigned to layers. For more information about setting additional linetypes, see Working with Linetypes.


To change the linetype assigned to one or more layers

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Settings > Explore Layers.
    • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Layers tool ().
    • Type explayers and then press Enter.
  2. In the right pane, click the linetype for the layer you want to change.
  3. In the Linetype dialog box, select a new linetype for the layer, or click Browse to select your linetype file.
  4. You can also right-click the layer you want to change, and from the shortcut menu, select Properties and change the linetype assigned to a layer.


NOTE You can also assign a specific linetype to an entity, which overrides the layer's linetype setting. When you create a new entity, use the Settings > Explore Linetypes command to change the current linetype through the progeCAD Explorer. For an existing entity, select the entity, right-click for the shortcut menu, and choose Properties. You can then modify the entity's linetype in the Entity Properties dialog box.


Controlling layer printing

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Creating and naming layers

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