External Reference Files Overview

Attaches, overlays, lists, binds, detaches, reloads, unloads, renames, and modifies paths to external references (xrefs) in the current (or host) drawing.

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1. Choose Insert, External Reference...

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2. Click the Xref Icon from the Reference Toolbar.

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3. Type XREF at the command Prompt. Command: XREF

The following are Xref characteristics:

-An external reference file is known as an “Xref”.

-Current drawing contains only a “pointer”, the path and filename, to the Xref.

-The current drawing does not increase much in size when it contains an Xref.

-The Xref is reloaded each time the current drawing is loaded, thus always showing the latest revision of the Xref.

-Xrefs import their linetypes, layers, text styles, dimstyles, views, ucs’s, vports, and blocks into their current drawing.

-Each Xref named object is prefixed with the xref drawing name and a pipe “|” symbol. (i.e. HOUSE|A-WALL for drawing house.dwg and layer a-wall)

- Xdep stands for external reference dependent objects.

- Xref’s layers can be turned on/off in the current drawing.

- Layer zero(0) resides on layer zero(0) of the current drawing.

- Xrefs can be bound to the current drawing, in which case they become blocks.

-Xref layers cannot be made current the the drawing they are xreferenced into.

- Xrefs can be snapped to.

-Xref entities cannot be individually modified in the current drawing.

-Xrefs can be plotted.

-Xrefs can be detatched from the current drawing and will disappear.

-The current drawing pointer, file and pathname can be changed.

-Xrefs can be re-loaded during the current drawing session.

-Xrefs can be nested.

-Xrefs can be clipped to show parts of the reference files.


Attaching Xrefs 24.1

Attaches, overlays, lists, binds, detaches, reloads, unloads, renames, and modifies paths to external references (xrefs) in the current (or host) drawing.

1. Choose Insert, External Reference

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2. Type XATTACH at the command prompt.

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3. Click the Xref Attach Icon from the Reference Toolbar.

4. Choose a drawing name to attach.

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5. Specify the insertion parameters.


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