Matching Object Properties

AutoCAD users are likely to be familiar with the Match Properties command (MATCHPROP), which allows you to quickly copy properties such as layer, color, and linetype from one AutoCAD entity and apply them to another. Beginning with the 2009 releases of AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP, you can also use this command to match style and object display properties between AEC objects of the same type (for example, 2 different sizes of door) or between AutoCAD MEP objects of the same type. For AEC objects of different types (for example, a door and a window) you can use the command to match basic AutoCAD properties. Likewise, you can match basic AutoCAD properties between an AutoCAD entity and an AEC object.

When you match properties between style-based AEC objects, both the style properties and the display properties of the selected source object are applied to one or more selected destination objects. For non-style-based objects, only display properties are matched. In either case, the display properties are applied to all display representations of the destination object.

Object Types for Which Both Style and Display Properties Are Matched Object Types for Which Only Display Properties Are Matched
2D Section

AEC Dimension

AEC Polygon

Curtain Wall

Curtain Wall Unit

Display Theme


Door Window Assembly

Mask Block

Mass Element

Multi-View Block


Roof Slab

Schedule Table




Structural Members




3D Grid

Ceiling Grid

Column Grid

Elevation Label

Layout Curve

Layout Grid

Opening Roof


When you use the Match Properties command, any style or object overrides in effect for the source object are applied to all display representations of the destination object. Overrides currently in effect for the destination object will be removed if they conflict with corresponding settings for the source object. If you want to change a setting for a particular display property in a particular display representation, the recommended method is to use the Display tab of the Properties palette. For more information, see Using the Properties Palette to Change Display Properties.

  1. Click Home tabModify panelMatch Properties .

    The cursor changes to a paintbrush symbol.

  2. Select the source object whose properties you want to copy.
  3. Select one or more destination objects to which you want to apply the properties of the source object.

    Source object properties are applied to each destination object as it is selected.

  4. When finished selecting destination objects, press ENTER.