Viewing and Updating Drawing Properties

You can track your drawings more easily by assigning properties to them. Drawing properties are details that help you identify the drawing, including title, author, subject, and keywords to identify the model or other important information. You can also store hyperlink addresses or directory paths and ten custom properties with your drawings.

To define drawing properties

  1. From the File menu, choose Drawing Properties.
  2. In the Drawing Properties dialog box, enter property information on the following tabs:
  • Summary tab: You can enter the drawing title, subject, author, keywords, comments, and a hyperlink base. Keywords help you search for drawings sharing a common property. For example, you can add the keyword “Autodesk” to all your drawing files, then search for all drawing files with that key word. For a hyperlink base you can specify an Internet address or a path to a folder on a network drive.
  • Custom tab: You can enter up to ten custom properties. Specify the names of the custom fields in the column on the left, and the value for each custom field in the column on the right.

3. Choose OK to exit the dialog boxes.

Command line DWGPROPS

You can use the Drawing Properties dialog box to view drawing information maintained by AutoCAD.

  • General tab: Displays the drawing type, location, size, and other information. The information is derived from the operating system. All fields are read-only. However, if you access file properties through Windows Explorer, the attributes options are made available by the operating system.
  • Statistics tab: Displays data such as file size and the dates files were created and last modified. You can search for all files created at a certain time, for example, after March 3, 1998, or files last modified yesterday.

NOTE Properties entered in the Drawing Properties dialog box are not associated with the drawing until you save the drawing.

The Created, Modified, and Total Editing Time values are stored in the TDCREATE, TDINDWG, and TDUPDATE system variables.

1 comment so far ↓

#1 Jessica on 06.25.13 at 11:31 pm

Is there a way to export/ import drawing property custom fields? I set up several for my company’s titleblocks and woud like to import them into legacy drawings.

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