Working with Linetypes

A linetype is a repeating pattern of dashes, dots, and blank spaces. A complex linetype is a repeating pattern of symbols along with dashes, dots, and blank spaces. The linetype name and definition describe the particular dash-dot sequence, the relative lengths of dashes and blank spaces, and the characteristics of any included text or shapes. You can create your own linetypes.

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Examples of linetypes
To use a linetype you must first load it into your drawing. A linetype definition must exist in an LIN library file before a linetype can be loaded into a drawing.

To load a linetype

  1. From the Format menu, choose Linetype.
  2. In the Linetype Manager, choose Load.
  3. In the Load or Reload Linetypes dialog box, select one or more linetypes to load and then choose OK.
  4. To select or clear all linetypes simultaneously, right-click the linetypes list and choose Select All or Clear All from the shortcut menu.
    The linetypes you select are displayed in the linetype list in the Linetype Manager and in the Linetype control on the Object Properties toolbar.

  5. Choose OK.

Command line LINETYPE
Related -LINETYPE loads a linetype on the command line.

WARNING! The linetypes used internally by AutoCAD should not be confused with the hardware linetypes provided by some plotters. The two types of dashed lines produce similar results. Do not use both types at the same time, however, because the results can be unpredictable.

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