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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

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This month…

June - Summer Simplicity

It seems like summer just kind of crept up on us and I can't believe we're nearly halfway through the year already! I'm still investigating AutoCAD 2015 and will present additional content in the months ahead, but this month I simply wanted to show you a few things I encountered in my training sessions recently.

…A very simple but effective method of creating a Solid with the Sweep command
…The new feature in A2015 that conforms to the simple motion of dragging to select objects
…Variables that will make life much simpler if you are aware of what they can do
…An object snap that makes snapping to the insertion point of a block quite simple

Needless to say, the point of summer is to hopefully find time to enjoy the simple things… in AutoCAD.

Safe travels!

This month's articles

Sweeping a 3D Shape around a Pline
AutoCAD 2015 ‘Lasso’
“Buriables” (Buried Variables)
Use the INSERT Osnap on Blocks

From the Vault

Originally published May 2005

Effective Xref Layer Filter

The list of layers in an Xref can be annoying. Use this procedure to shorten up the list in the Layer Control dropdown list on the AutoCAD 2005/2006 Layers toolbar.

Instructions to hide Xref layer names
  1. In the Layer Properties Manager, expand the Xref node in the Filter Tree area of the dialog box (the left side).
  2. Click the name of the Xref to display only the layers of that Xref in the layer list.
  3. At the bottom of the dialog box, check the box for Invert Filter to display the layers that are not associated with the Xref. Confirm the box for Apply To Layers Toolbar is also checked.
  1. Click OK to close the Layer Properties Manager, then take a look at the Layer dropdown list. The only layers you see are the ones not in the Xref!

Muliple Xref Tip: For drawings containing multiple Xrefs, click the "Xref" to display the all of the layers associated with the Xrefs.

Note: To see all the layers in the Layer Properties Manager, clear the Invert Filter check box, then click on the All node in the Filter Tree listing.

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