Editing Multiline Styles in AutoCAD

Multiline styles control the number of line elements in a multiline and the color, linetype, lineweight, and offset from the multiline origin of each element. You can change any of these properties. You can also modify the display of joints, end caps, and background fill. A modified multiline style retains the changes permanently.

You cannot edit the element and multiline properties of the STANDARD multiline style or any multiline style being used in the drawing. If you try to edit the options in either the Element Properties dialog box or the Multiline Properties dialog box, the options are unavailable. To edit an existing multiline style, you must do so before you draw any multilines in that style.

If you use MLSTYLE to create a multiline style without saving it, and then select another style or create a new style, the first MLSTYLE properties are lost. To maintain the properties, save each multiline style to an MLN file before creating a new one.

In the following example, you delete a line element, modify the angle of the end cap lines, and change the background fill of a multiline.

To edit a multiline style

  1. From the Format menu, choose Multiline Style.
  2. In the Multiline Styles dialog box, choose the style name from the list. Choose a style with more than two elements.
  3. Choose Element Properties.
  4. In the Element Properties dialog box under Elements, select the line element to delete, select Delete, and choose OK.
  5. In the Multiline Styles dialog box, choose Multiline Properties.
  6. In the Multiline Properties dialog box under Caps, enter the new angle for the start and end cap lines.
  7. Under Fill, choose Color and select a new color from the Select Color dialog box, and then choose OK twice.
  8. In the Multiline Styles dialog box, choose Save to save the changes to the style in the MLN file.
  9. Choose OK to save the modified symbol table entry and exit the dialog box.

Command line MLSTYLE

1 comment so far ↓

#1 Sasha on 11.06.09 at 10:12 pm

“A modified multiline style retains the changes permanently.”
I don’t see a need for making a style, then! Why it’s not possible to make changes to the style if some multylines have been drawn? They should at least make it possible to change the multyline’s style…

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