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Working with drawings - Setting up a drawing

Setting the current linetype

Linetypes help convey information. You use different linetypes to differentiate the purpose of one line from another. A linetype consists of a repeating pattern of dots, dashes, or blank spaces. Linetypes determine the appearance of entities both on the screen and when printed. By default, every drawing has at least three linetypes: CONTINUOUS, BYLAYER, and BYBLOCK. Your drawing may also contain an unlimited number of additional linetypes.

When you create an entity, it is created using the current linetype. By default, the current linetype is BYLAYER. progeCAD indicates that the entity linetype is determined by the current layer linetype by assigning the BYLAYER property as the default linetype setting. When you assign BYLAYER, changing the layer linetype changes the linetype of all the entities created on that layer (if they were created using the linetype BYLAYER).

You can also select a specific linetype as the current linetype, which overrides the layer's linetype setting. Entities are then created using that linetype, and changing the layer linetype has no effect on them.

As a third option, you can use the linetype BYBLOCK property, in which case new entities are drawn using the CONTINUOUS linetype until you group them into a block. The entities then inherit the current linetype setting when you insert the block into a drawing. For details See Setting the current linetype.

To set the current linetype
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Tools > Drawing Settings.
  3. Type settings and then press Enter.
  4. Click the Entity Creation tab.
  5. In the Entity Linetype list, choose the linetype that you want to make current.
  6. Click OK.
  7. NOTE On the status bar, right-click on the word BYLAYER for the current linetype, click Properties, and then choose the linetype that you want to make current.