Editing Linetypes Using the Object properties Toolbar in AutoCAD


With the Linetype control, you can view a selected object’s linetype, change an object’s linetype, make a linetype current, and access the Linetype Manager. You cannot make xref-dependent linetypes current or assign them to objects, so their names are not displayed in the Linetype control.

The Linetype control displays BYLAYER, BYBLOCK, CONTINUOUS, and any linetypes that you have loaded. If the linetype you want is not listed, access the Linetype Manager as described in this section to load additional linetypes.

The linetype displayed in the Linetype control depends on the current selection set:

  • No objects selected: Displays the current linetype. When you create new objects, the linetype applied to those objects is the linetype that you have made current.
  • One object selected: Displays the selected object’s assigned linetype.
  • Multiple objects selected: If all selected objects are of the same linetype, displays that linetype. If the selected objects are of various linetypes, the Linetype control is blank. If the linetype of all of the selected objects is BYLAYER, the Linetype control displays BYLAYER, but only displays a sample of the linetype if all layers represented in the selection set are the same linetype.

The BYLAYER and BYBLOCK linetype values are dynamic, depending on the drawing environment.

  • BYLAYER: The object’s linetype is determined by the linetype assigned to the object’s layer.
  • BYBLOCK: The object’s linetype is determined by the linetype assigned to the object’s block. If the object is not yet a part of an inserted block, its linetype is CONTINUOUS. If the object is part of an inserted block, its linetype is the linetype that was current when you inserted the block.

The following procedures describe how to work with the Linetype control on the Object Properties toolbar. For more detailed information about linetypes, see “Working with Linetypes.”

To change an object’s linetype

  1. Select the objects whose linetypes you want to change.
  2. On the Object Properties toolbar, choose the Linetype control.
  3. Choose a linetype.
  4. If you do not see the linetype that you want, choose Other. In the Linetype Manager, you can load additional linetypes.
  5. Choose the linetype that you want and choose OK.

AutoCAD applies the chosen linetype to all selected objects.

To make a linetype current

  1. With no objects selected, on the Object Properties toolbar, choose the Linetype control.
  2. Choose the linetype you want to make current.
  3. If you do not see the linetype that you want, choose Other. In the Linetype Manager, you can load additional linetypes.
  4. Choose the linetype that you want and choose OK.


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