Editing Layers Using AutoCAD

With the layer buttons and the layer control, you can view a selected object’s layer, change an object’s layer, make a layer current, change a layer’s properties, and access the Layer Properties Manager. The layer name and properties displayed in the Layer control depend on the current selection set:

  • No objects selected: Displays the current layer name and layer properties. When you create new objects, the layer on which those objects are created is the layer that you have made current. See “To make a layer current.”
  • One object selected: Displays the selected object’s assigned layer and layer properties.
  • Multiple objects selected: If all selected objects are on the same layer, displays the common layer name and layer properties. If any of the selected objects are on different layers, the Layer control is blank.

You can use the Layer control to transfer objects to locked, frozen, or turned- off layers, but you cannot transfer an object to an xref-dependent layer (any layer that is defined within an inserted xref). Xref-dependent layers are displayed as unavailable in the list because you cannot make them current and you cannot edit objects on those layers. You can, however, still modify the properties of xref-dependent layers by clicking icons in the Layer control. In the Layer Properties Manager, if you turn on a filter and apply it to the Object Properties toolbar, the Layer control does not list layers that match the filter. In this case, when you position your pointer over the Layer control, the tooltip indicates either “Filter applied” or “Inverted filter applied,” rather than the full layer name.

The following procedures describe how to work with layers from the Object Properties toolbar. For more detailed information about layers.

To change an object’s layer

  1. Select the objects whose layers you want to change.
  2. On the Object Properties toolbar, choose the Layer control. Because you cannot transfer objects to xref-dependent layers, their names are displayed as unavailable in the Layer control.
  3. Choose a layer.

AutoCAD applies the chosen layer to all selected objects.

To make a layer current

  1. With no objects selected, on the Object Properties toolbar, choose the Layer control.
  2. Choose the layer you want to make current.

Because you cannot make frozen and xref-dependent layers current, their names are displayed as unavailable in the Layer control.

To make an object’s layer current

  1. Select the object whose layer you want to make current.
  2. On the Object Properties toolbar, choose Make Object’s Layer Current.

To change a layer’s properties

  1. On the Object Properties toolbar, choose the Layer control.
  2. Click the layer property icon that you want to toggle. You cannot change a layer’s color from the Layer control. (Use the Layer Properties Manager, as described in the following procedure.)
  3. Choose the Layer control again to collapse the list.

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To access the Layer Properties Manager

On the Object Properties toolbar, choose Layers.

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