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When creating an office CAD manual, it's important to include a list of standard layer names and their settings. Having a hard copy of your layer standards gives you a roadmap that employees can follow such that everyone is creating drawings the same way. This layer roadmap is also a great tool to send the clients in the event you need their drawings to match yours. In this lesson I'm going to show you how to create a printable copy of your standard layer settings. Now the drawing that I have opened on screen contains no geometry. Well, I take that back. It does have a title block.
This drawing represents my office template file. this is the file that I would start all other drawings from. If I open the Layer control, you can see that this drawing contains several of my standard layer names and their settings. To make a printed copy of this information, I am going to click on one of the layer names to put the focus on the list and then I'll press Ctrl+A to select all of the layers. I will then press Ctrl+C to copy this information to my clipboard. Next, I'll jump over to Microsoft Excel and I'll press Ctrl+V to paste the settings.
Now that this information is in Excel, I can adjust the formatting, I can edit the data or add to it, and when I'm finished, I can print to file such that I can put it in my CAD manual or e-mail it to a client. Back in the old days, creating a hard copy of your layer settings meant a lot of manual retyping. Now, using the Windows clipboard, we can export all of our layer information in just a couple of clicks.
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