Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Freezing layers in the current viewport, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] So here we are in another one of our AutoCAD tips and tricks. And this time we're looking at layers in the current viewport. Now, right now, I'm not in a viewport. What I am in is the model space in a drawing in AutoCAD 2017 and it's called 3_LAYERSINCURRENTVPORT or viewport .dwg Now, as usual, you can download these to follow along with the video. Now in the model space, I've got a very simple object.
If we hover here, you see I've got a polyline with a hatch and it's all dimensioned up. Now it's using annotative dimensions, with a scale of 1:4, down here on the status bar. Now if you haven't used annotative scaling before, what it allows you to do is scale things up to your viewport scale. So model, you're using your annotation scale, and if I jump into the layout tab, the ISO A3 layout tab, you can see there that my viewport, if I click on it, and look at the status bar, is also down there at 1:4.
Now, I'm going to hit Escape there to deselect the viewport. Now it may be that I want to create another viewport of the same view. Now that's quick and easy to do. I just select the viewport like so, jump up to the Modify panel on the Home tab, and all I've gotta do is copy and pick a point to copy from, pick a point to copy to, like that, using my object snaps, and Enter or Escape to finish. So I've now got two viewports of the same view there, in the model space in my layout tab.
Now, wouldn't it be lovely if I could freeze layers in one of those viewports so that all I've got is dimensions in one viewport and a hatch in another viewport. So the hatching might highlight a section through that particular object in the model space. Now, if I go back to the model tab and let's say I freeze the dimensions layer, so what I would do there, I'd go to the Home tab on the ribbon, go to my Layers panel, which is a little bit squished up because of the resolution that I record at, and what I'll do, I'll jump in here, into my Layer pulldown, and there's all my dimensions there.
So what I'm going to do there, is I'm just going to freeze the dimensions layer, the hatch layer, any of those layers. So let's say I don't want those dimensions, like I mentioned. What I would do is I would freeze them or switch them off here. So if I freeze them, they disappear, like so. Hit Escape a couple of times, just to lose the menus, and the panel there, coming out of the ribbon and I've got no dimensions. If I go back to my viewports in my layout tab, I've also got no dimensions. That's because it's a global on/off, or a global freeze and thaw, with that particular dimensions layer.
So let's jump back to the Model tab, and what I'll do now, I'll go back to the Layers panel, click on the flyout, click on the little snowflake there for the DIMS layer, brings the DIMS back, hit Escape a couple of times to lose the panels and the menus there, and if I go back into my layout tab, lo and behold, the dimensions are back in both viewports, because I've got two views of the same thing in the model space. Now, I can actually freeze layers in my current viewport.
Now, as I said, wouldn't it be nice if one of those viewports had dimensions in it, and the outline of the object, and the other viewport just had the hatch pattern and the outline of the object. Now, it's very very easy to do this. You've just got to know what to click on. So, I'm going to make the left hand viewport active. I'm going to double-click inside it, as you can see, it becomes an active viewport with that bold line. Now that's basically the color of my viewports layer. I always make it blue on a white background because it stands out.
Now, let's go look at that layers pulldown menu again. So in the Home tab on the ribbon, if I click on the down arrow here, and then click on the flyout here, there's all my layers. Now, in this particular viewport, I do not want the hatch pattern to appear. All I want is the outline which is the objects layer and the dimensions. I don't want any hatch there. So, see this little icon here, Freeze or thaw in current viewport. So if I click on that, oh look, a hatching disappears.
That's great, but will that affect the model space? Well let's just hit Escape a couple of times, lose the panel, lose the menu. Double-click outside your viewport to deactivate, make sure you do that. Jump back into the Model tab, and the hatch is still there. How did that work? Well the good thing is, you can freeze your layers in the current viewport and not affect your geometry in the model space. So let's jump back now to the layout tab and what we'll do now is, we'll go in here, double-click in the right hand viewport to activate it.
This time, we'll go to the Home tab on the ribbon, into the Layers panel, click on the pulldown here, and this time we're going to freeze the DIMS layer in the current viewport. So I'll click on the little square icon here, and did you see the DIMS disappear? Hit Escape a couple of times there, just move away, and you can see there are no dims in that current viewport. Double-click outside the viewport to deactivate, we've now got two totally different views in two separate viewports.
If I go back to the model though, look at how neat this is, everything's still there, all my geometry, all my dims, all my hatching is still there. But in the layout tab, I can now demonstrate two totally different views, a dimensional view and a hatching view, to highlight perhaps, what's going on in the right hand viewport. And that's how you can freeze and thaw your layers in your current viewport in AutoCAD.
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