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Layer control

From: AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

Video: Layer control

Now that we have seen the full blown Layer Properties Manager, you may be wondering if there are any shortcuts for making changes to our layers. In fact, there are. In this session we are going to look how to use the Layer Control dropdown in the Layers toolbar. I'm going to open a drawing and I'm going to come up and click my Open icon and in the Select File dialog I'm going to look in Chapter 10 within our Exercise Files directory and I'm going to come down and we are going to open up the Stereo Viewer, drawing number 3. So I will highlight this guy and I'll click Open. Now on screen we have a mechanical example that's say 1970 stereo viewer.

Layer control

Now that we have seen the full blown Layer Properties Manager, you may be wondering if there are any shortcuts for making changes to our layers. In fact, there are. In this session we are going to look how to use the Layer Control dropdown in the Layers toolbar. I'm going to open a drawing and I'm going to come up and click my Open icon and in the Select File dialog I'm going to look in Chapter 10 within our Exercise Files directory and I'm going to come down and we are going to open up the Stereo Viewer, drawing number 3. So I will highlight this guy and I'll click Open. Now on screen we have a mechanical example that's say 1970 stereo viewer.

Let's say I have to make some changes to this drawing and none of the changes that I will be making involve the dimensions. So I'm going to turn the Dimensions layer off. Now I could turn them off using the full blown Layer Properties Manager. I mean we could go right here and turn our dimensions off, nothing wrong with that. Let me click Cancel. I'm going to show you another way. We are going to use the Layer Control in our Layers toolbar. If I come up and click the dropdown on my Layer Control, I see what amounts to a miniature Layer Properties Manager.

In this menu I can see a list of all of my layers as well as icons that represent their settings. I would like to turn the Dimensions layer off so I'm going to move over my Dimensions layer, click the little light bulb icon and then I'm going to click in Model space to dismiss the menu. Now I would like to do a little work on this drawing. I'm going to zoom in on my front view so I'm going to roll my wheel to zoom in. I would like to add the missing eyehole to my stereo viewer. I happen to have one, I need to draw the other. Well, let's find out what the radius of this eyehole is.

I'm going to click on this guy and I'm going to hover over the grip. I can see that he has a got a radius of .3. All right let's create a new circle. I'm going to hit Escape to clear the grips. We'll zoom in a little bit closer and I'm going to launch this Circle command. Where would I like to place the center point of my circle? Well, I'm going to have to use an Object Snap. I'm going to come over and grab the intersection Object Snap and I'm going to drop my circle at the intersection right here. Now AutoCad wants a radius, I'm going to type in .3 and hit Enter.

Here's my problem. The circle's the perfect size, but I drafted it on the wrong layer. Notice that Layer 0 happens to be current right now. I want that circle to be on the housing-front layer. Let me show you how we can use the Layer Control to move entities from one layer to another. If I come down and click on this circle and highlight it, I can come up to my Layer Control, we will click the dropdown to open it up and then I can come down and select the layer on which I would like to place this entity. When I click my layer name, the entity goes on to that layer.

When I hit my Escape key to clear the grips, that circle is now on the appropriate layer. Now I believe I had another problem with this drawing, let me back up a little bit, yeah right here. In my top view, this line should be on the centerline layer and unfortunately it's not. Let's fix that line. Now I'm going to come up and click on this line to select it and when I do, watch the Layer Control. I'm going to click the Line, notice the Layer Control is telling me what layer that line happens to be sitting on. That can be a very valuable tool when you are drafting.

Let's put this guy on the correct layer. I'm going to come up and click the Layer Control dropdown. We will select the centrelines layer and when I do that guy is now on the correct layer and I will hit Escape to clear the grips. I can also use the Layer Control to set my current layer. Right now I can see that Layer 0 happens to be current. That means that anything I draft will be drawn on Layer 0. I would like to set another layer current. We could go to the Layer Properties Manager and adjust our little green check, but instead I'm going to set my current layer using the Layer Control.

If I click the dropdown, all I have to do is come down and select the layer of my choice. I will click this one and that's it. That layer is now current. Anything I draft will be on the housing-back layer. Let me show you one interesting anomaly with the Layer Control. If I click the dropdown, remember that this is my layer name and these icons represent settings that I can change. Unfortunately, I cannot change the color setting from here. The color setting that I see is for display purposes only so I can click that all day long and AutoCAD won't let me do the change.

If I want to change the color, I have to go into the Layer Properties Manager. Using the Layer Control gives you fast access to some of your layer functions and can be the quickest way to move an entity from one layer to another.

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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

87 video lessons · 9532 viewers

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  1. 3m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 28s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 23m 3s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 19s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 22s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 44s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 21s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 58s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 10s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 33s
  3. 19m 1s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 0s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 1s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 10s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 23s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 32s
    6. Using templates
      2m 55s
  4. 16m 32s
    1. The Line command
      3m 16s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 44s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 26s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 6s
  5. 15m 48s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 12s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 0s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 36s
  6. 20m 49s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 48s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 34s
  7. 23m 26s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 20s
    2. Ellipse
      5m 58s
    3. Hatch
      8m 33s
    4. Polygon
      4m 35s
  8. 23m 19s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 43s
    2. Rotate
      5m 4s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 5s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 26s
  9. 12m 34s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 48s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 42s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 4s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 53s
    2. Fillet
      5m 1s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 35s
    4. Array
      8m 1s
    5. Mirror
      6m 52s
    6. Stretch
      5m 49s
    7. Scale
      5m 17s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 16s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 46s
  11. 26m 0s
    1. Layers
      3m 30s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 6s
    3. Layer control
      4m 29s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 26s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 29s
  12. 43m 5s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 46s
    2. Text justification
      7m 2s
    3. Text styles
      7m 30s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 28s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 5s
    7. Symbols
      6m 17s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 33s
  13. 28m 58s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 35s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 40s
    3. Callouts
      6m 40s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 48s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 15s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 30s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 3s
  15. 25m 8s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 15s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 46s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 9s
    4. Building your library
      4m 58s
  16. 48m 29s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 40s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 35s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 21s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 11s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 17s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 14s
    7. Scale factors
      3m 58s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 15s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 47s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 9m 57s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 4s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 10s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 43s
  18. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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