How to Create a Multiline Style in AutoCAD

You can create named styles for multilines to control the number of elements and the properties of each element. The style also controls the background fill and the end cap. See “How to Edit Multilines.”

To create a multiline style

  1. From the Format menu, choose Multiline Style.
  2. In the Multiline Styles dialog box, enter a name and description for the style. Descriptions are optional and can be up to 255 characters, including spaces.
  3. To create a multiline style, choose Add.
  4. To add elements to the style or to modify existing elements, choose Element Properties.
  5. In the Element Properties dialog box, highlight the element in the list, and then make changes to Offset, Color, and Linetype.
  6. To add an element, choose Add, and then make changes to Offset, Color, and Linetype. Choose OK. The offset defines the 0,0 origin of the multiline relative to which other elements are drawn. An element does not have to be drawn at the origin.
  7. To set multiline properties, choose Multiline Properties in the Multiline Styles dialog box.
  8. In the Multiline Properties dialog box, make any changes and choose OK. Properties include the display of segment joints and the type of start and end caps with their angles and fill color.
  9. Choose Save to save the style to an external multiline style file (the default is acad.mln). You can save multiline styles to the same file. If you create more than one multiline style, save the current style before creating a new one or you lose the changes to the first style. You can add up to 16 elements to a multiline style. If you create or modify an element so that it has a negative offset, it appears below the origin in the image tile of the Multiline Styles dialog box.

To specify the properties of the entire multiline

  1. From the Format menu, choose Multiline Style.
  2. In the Multiline Styles dialog box, choose Multiline Properties.
  3. In the Multiline Properties dialog box, select Display Joints to display a line at the vertices of the multiline.
  4. Under Caps, select a line or an arc for each end of the multiline, and enter an angle. Lines cross the end of the whole multiline, and outer arcs join the ends of the outermost elements. Inner arcs connect pairs of elements, leaving the centerline unconnected if there is an odd number of elements. For example, if there are six elements, inner arcs connect elements 2 and 5 and elements 3 and 4. If there are seven elements, inner arcs connect elements 2 and 6 and elements 3 and 5; element 4 is left unconnected.
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  5. Under Fill, select On to display a background color. This color is not displayed in the image tile of the Multiline Styles dialog box.
  6. Choose Color.
  7. In the Select Color dialog box, select the background fill color and choose OK.
  8. In the Multiline Properties dialog box, choose OK to return to the Multiline Styles dialog box. Next, save the multiline style.

To save a multiline style name

  1. In the Multiline Styles dialog box under Name, enter a name and a description for the style. Descriptions are optional and may have up to 255 characters, including spaces.
  2. To add the newly created multiline style to the drawing and set it as current, choose Add.
  3. To save the style to an external MLN file, choose Save.
  4. Choose OK.

Command line MLSTYLE
System variables CMLSTYLE stores the name of the current multiline style.
Related The OFFSET command creates new objects at a specified offset from a selected object or through a specified point.

5 comments ↓

#1 AutoCAD Drafting Services on 10.03.08 at 4:43 am

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#2 Lito on 10.04.08 at 1:59 am

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#5 josh on 08.27.12 at 9:45 pm

anyone know how to change the default location autocad looks for ml styles in? i would like to store all my mlstyles in a folder, but autocad looks in its support files by default. There has to be a way to change this, sort of like changing the default template location through options/files, but can not find an option for mlstyles. Thanks

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