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Print or share a list of layers

Sometimes you need a list of layers to quickly see all the layers and their status in a drawing. You can share it with colleagues. For a simple method, follow these steps:

Type -layer on the command line. Choose the ? option to get a list of layers and press Enter. Press F2 to open […]

Extend lines to make corners with chamfer

The CHAMFER command makes mitered (angled) corners, like the one below.

However, you can also use the CHAMFER command to extend lines to meet and make right-angled corners. In other words, you can use the command to turn the situation on the left to the situation on the right.

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Dealing with gaps

Gaps can be frustrating. You want to hatch an almost-closed object, but it doesn’t work. You may want to join lines, or close an arc or an elliptical arc to remove the gap. Finally, you may want to join polylines. Here are some tips about dealing with gaps.

First, and foremost, if you don’t want […]

Breaking a line into two

You can break a line or other object into two objects without any space between them using the BREAK command. Start the BREAK command, select the object, , use the First point option and pick the point where you want to break the object. At the Specify second break point: prompt, type @ and press […]

Joining Two Lines Into One

Doug Merkley contributed an AutoLISP routines that “mends” lines. It joins two lines into one, using the start point of the first line selected and the end point of the second line selected to create the new line. Download it.

Mark McDonough contributed a different type of AutoLISP file, which he calls heal.lsp. It only […]

Ending the LINE command quickly

Prior to AutoCAD 2000 you could end the LINE command by right-clicking with your mouse. That was because the right mouse button was programmed to be equivalent to pressing Enter. However, starting in AutoCAD 2000, right-clicking opens up a shortcut menu. One of the options on that menu is Enter which you can click to […]