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XRef Enhancements in AutoCAD 2016

Heidi Hewett
November 9, 2015

In AutoCAD 2016 you can now control the display of layers for objects in xref drawings that were not set to “ByLayer,” for layer property updates in the host drawing. A new system variable, XREFOVERRIDE, enables you to control the display of the xref layers: set XREFOVERRIDE=1, and the xref objects will behave as if their properties were set to “ByLayer.”

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To help distinguish layers in xref drawings from layers in host drawings—and because xref layers cannot be selected in the Properties palette—xref layers are no longer displayed in the Properties palette. Xref layers are still displayed in the Ribbon layers list but are now shown in gray text.

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View this and other drawing and editing enhancements in the demo video.

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Heidi Hewett

Heidi Hewett has dedicated her career to educating people on the use of AutoCAD software. She began using AutoCAD as a student in 1986 and soon after earning her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Heidi transitioned from an Autodesk customer to an Autodesk employee. During her career at Autodesk, Heidi has held a variety of positions including Product Support Technician, Training Specialist, and Senior Applications Engineer. In her current role as the AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi assists the marketing team in developing and delivering technical marketing material for AutoCAD. She continues to educate Autodesk customers, partners, and employees through Webcasts, seminars, and her AutoCAD Insider blog. It is her passion for education that inspired Heidi to earn an M.S. in Technical Communication and an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies.

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