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Changing popular settings using the layer control

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Changing popular settings using the layer control

Now that we have seen the full blown Layer Properties Manager, you maybe wondering if there is a faster way to adjust your layer settings. In fact, there is. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to use the Layer Control. The layer control is located right here in the Layers Panel. First things first. notice that the Layer Control gives us the name of the current layer. Right now that's layer part. So anything I create at this point will be drawn on layer part. If I click the flyout I can see a listing of all of the layers in my drawing and if I would like to set a different layer current, I can select the layer name from this menu.

Changing popular settings using the layer control

Now that we have seen the full blown Layer Properties Manager, you maybe wondering if there is a faster way to adjust your layer settings. In fact, there is. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to use the Layer Control. The layer control is located right here in the Layers Panel. First things first. notice that the Layer Control gives us the name of the current layer. Right now that's layer part. So anything I create at this point will be drawn on layer part. If I click the flyout I can see a listing of all of the layers in my drawing and if I would like to set a different layer current, I can select the layer name from this menu.

As you can see, layer 0 is now the current layer. I am going to open the Layer Control again and I would like to talk about these icons to the left of the layer names. These are the same icons that we see in the Layers Properties Manager and they reflect the current settings of each layer. Let's say I would like to make a change. Maybe I would like to change the color of the center lines layer. To do that I will click this color swatch and I am going to select red for my layer color and I will click OK. Notice how my geometry changes instantly on screen.

Maybe I would like to make another change. Maybe I would like to turn my center lines layer off. To do that I will open the Layer Control and then I will come down to the end and I will click this light bulb. That turns off the layer and then I will click on the screen to close the menu. Now I would like to keep that layer on. So I am going to open this up again. I will click this light bulb one more time and then I will click on screen to close the menu. It's important to note that the layer control is not a replacement for Layer Properties Manager. The purpose of the layer control is to give us quick access to several of the popular layer settings.

If you wanted to create layers or rename layers or delete layers or assign line types and line weights, you will still have to do that through the Layers Properties Manager. On my screen, I have a drawing that would be considered a mechanical example, and I am almost finished with this part. In fact, all I have to do is add one more hole right over here. To do that I will launch my Circle command and I am going to create my circle from the center of this arc. Now AutoCAD has given a hard time with that. So I am going to Shift+Right-Click, and I will select Center from the menu.

This forces a center object snap. This circle has a Radius of 0.25. Now here is my problem. When I drew that circle layer 0 was current. So this circle is sitting on the wrong layer. The nice thing is I don't have to erase the circle and start over. Instead, I will move this circle to the correct layer using the layer control. I can do that my selecting the circle. I will open the Layer Control and I will select the appropriate layer from the menu. When I am finished I will press Escape. Now that my circle has been corrected, I am going to copy my center lines down.

I will launch the Copy command. I will select these center lines and right-click and I will copy them from the center of this circle to the center of this one. You know, as I look at this drawing I can see that I have a dimension that's also on the wrong layer. Watch this. If we look at the Layer Control we can see the current layer is 0. If I select this dimension AutoCAD will tell me the name of the layer that, that object is sitting on. Sometimes that information can be handy. I am going to open up the Layer Control and I will place this object on the dimensions layer.

When I am finished I will press Escape. Using the Layer Control is the fastest way to change your layer settings. It's also the perfect tool for setting a current layer or moving an entity from one layer to another.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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