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Creating a new complex linetype

A complex linetype can denote utilities, boundaries, contours, and so on. As with simple linetypes, complex lines are dynamically drawn as the user specifies vertices. Shapes and text entities embedded in lines are always displayed completely; they are never trimmed.

To create a new complex linetype

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Settings > Explore Linetypes.
    • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Linetypes tool ().
    • Type expltypes and then press Enter.
  2. Using one of the following methods, open the New Linetype dialog box:
    • Choose Edit > New > Linetype.
    • Click the New Item tool ().
    • With your cursor in the right pane of the window, right-click to display the shortcut menu, and choose New > Linetype.

  3. In the Linetype Description field, type the linetype description.

    You can type anything in this field that will help you remember the purpose or appearance of this linetype. For complex linetypes, it is helpful to type a text description of the linetype.

  4. In the Linetype Definition field, type the linetype definition.

    As for the simple linetypes, the syntax for a complex linetype is a comma delimited list of pattern descriptors.

  5. Click OK.

    The program adds the new linetype to the linetypes list with the default name, NewLinetype1.

  6. To enter a name for the new linetype, type over the highlighted default text, and press Enter.

    Do not use spaces between words in the new linetype name.

  7. To complete the command and return to your drawing, close the window.

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