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    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me here. I have a autocad drawing of a map. What i would like to be able to do is to xref only some area of the whole map. Is it possible to only xref a part of a full drawing with autocad 2005? I have tried to make a block of those interested area of the drawing and gave it a name. However, when inserting the Xref, it seems that it only allows xref the whole drawing.

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance

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    you could always XCLIP the xref to the area only that you require

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    Thank you NBC for your reply.

    Sorry i think you have misunderstood my question. The drawing isn't an xref drawing from another drawing.

    Let me give an example:

    I have a drawing (original drawing) called drawing1.dwg which has a map of a whole town.

    I have a new drawing i need to create out of this drawing1. I want a link between this drawing1 and the new drawing called drawing2. So i thought i could use external reference or xref. The problem is there is only some part of the drawing i'm interested in from drawing1 that i want to be in the drawing2. i don't know if i could insert xref some part of drawing1 into drawing2.

    Hope i don't make it too confusing for you this time.

    Thank you in advance

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    After you xref drawing 1 into drawing 2, use the XCLIP command in drawing 2 to isolate the part of the drawing 1 xref that you're interested in.

    Another option would be to WBLOCK out the part of drawing 1 that you are interested in. You could then xref that drawing into drawing 2.
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    Thank you Cad64 for your reply.

    Yes, it answered my question. I tried both xclip and wblock for the sake of practise and am happy with both of them. However, there is a small problem which i think i have solved it. Not sure though if it's the proper way of doing it.

    xclip did cut out the part of the drawing that i was interested in. However because there are two parts that i actually was interested from the main drawing and they are not close to each other - one is on the top corner and the other one in the middle. So what i did was i xclip the first part after xref from the main drawing. So i got one part of the drawing now. To get the other part was xref the main drawing again, then xclip the other part. So now i got two small parts of the drawing. Hope this is the right way of doing this.

    Thank you in advance. BTW, thanks to NBC too

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    Yes ali, that would probably have been the way i would have done that
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    Whenever I have a situation like that (which is quite often), I draw two polylines, then join them along a link line. Bit tricky to do, but I have found it works well.

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    What you have done is OK, I have done it that way before, and the way the Alan mentioned, but my preference is to use the Invert Clip option, so draw a closed polyline around the area that you wish to hide, and then use that as the xclip boundary.

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