Change Layer Settings and Layer Properties

You can change the name of a layer and any of its properties, including color and linetype, and you can reassign objects from one layer to another.

Because everything in your drawing is associated with a layer, it's likely that in the course of planning and creating a drawing, you'll need to change what you place on a layer or how you view the layers in combination. You can

  • Reassign objects from one layer to another.
  • Change the name of a layer.
  • Change the default color, linetype, or other properties of the layer.

Reassigning an object to a different layer is useful if you create an object on the wrong layer or decide to change your layer organization. Unless the color, linetype, or other properties of the object have been set explicitly, an object that you reassign to a different layer will acquire the properties of that layer.

You change layer properties in the Layer Properties Manager. Click the icons to change settings, and rename layers or change descriptions.

Changes in the Layer Properties Manager can be grouped by enabling Combine Layer Property Change option in User Preferences tab in the Options dialog box. Layer creation and deletion will be tracked in the Undo list as unique items.

Procedures
To change the layer of one or more objects
  1. Select the objects whose layer you want to change.
  2. Click Home tab Layers panel Layer Properties
  3. In the Layer Properties Manager, select the layer that you want to assign to the objects.
  4. Press ESC to remove selection.
To change the default linetype assigned to a layer
  1. Click Home tab Layers Panel Layer Properties .
  2. In the Layer Properties Manager, select the linetype for the layer you want to change.
  3. In the Select Linetype dialog box, if the linetype you need is not displayed, click Load and use one of the following methods:
    • In the Load or Reload Linetypes dialog box, select one or more linetypes to load. Click OK to return to the Select Linetype dialog box.
    • In the Load or Reload Linetypes dialog box, click File to open additional linetype definition (LIN) files. Select one or more linetypes to load. Click OK to return to the Select Linetype dialog box.
  4. Select the linetype you want to use. Click OK to return to the Layer Properties Manager.
  5. Click OK.
To rename a layer
  1. Click Home tab Layers panel Layer Properties
  2. In the Layer Properties Manager, select a layer. Click the name or press F2.
  3. Enter a new name.
  4. Click OK.
To rename more than one layer
  1. Click FormatRename. Enter rename at the Command prompt.
  2. In the Rename dialog box, in the Named Objects list, Layers.
  3. In Old Name, enter the old name, using wild-card characters; for example, enter stairs$*.
  4. In Rename To, enter the new name using wild-card characters; for example, enter s_*.

    Results for this example are as follows: the layers STAIR$LEVEL-1, STAIR$LEVEL-2, STAIR$LEVEL-3 are renamed S_LEVEL-1, S_LEVEL-2, S_LEVEL-3.

  5. Click OK.
Commands
CHANGE

Changes the properties of existing objects.

CHPROP

Changes the properties of an object.

CLASSICLAYER

Opens the legacy Layer Properties Manager.

LAYER

Manages layers and layer properties.

PROPERTIES

Controls properties of existing objects.

PURGE

Removes unused items, such as block definitions and layers, from the drawing.

RENAME

Changes the names assigned to items such as layers and dimension styles.

SETBYLAYER

Changes the property overrides of selected objects to ByLayer.

System Variables
CLAYER

Sets the current layer.

LAYERMANAGERSTATE

Indicates whether the Layer Properties Manager is open or closed.

SETBYLAYERMODE

Controls which properties are selected for the SETBYLAYER command.