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Change the Linetype of an Object

May 20, 2011

You can change the linetype of a objects by changing the linetype of the layer the object is on, reassigning the object to another layer, or by specifying a linetype for the object directly.


Set the Current Linetype

     By default, all objects are created using the current linetype, which is displayed in the Linetype control on the Properties toolbar. To modify linetypes, use linetype manager or linetype control on the Properties toolbar.

    If the current linetype is BYLARER, objects are created using the linetype assigned to the current layer.

    If the current linetype is BYBLOCK, objects are created using CONTINOUS linetype until they are grouped into a block. When you insert the block, it acquires the current linetype setting.

     If you do not want to use the linetype assigned to the layer, you can specify a different linetype explicitly.

     ZWCAD does not display the linetype of certain objects: text, points, viewports, hatches, and blocks.


To make the linetype current

Selects the linetype from the down-pull list of linetype from the Properties toolbar, which one is set to the current one.



Change the Linetype of an Object

To change the linetype of an object, you can use following methods:

  • If the linetype of an object is set to BYLARE, and the object is assigned to another layer, it acquired its linetype from the new layer.

  • If the linetype of an object is set to BYLAYER, when you change the linetype assigned to a layer, the objects on that layer which are assigned the BYLAYER linetype are updated automatically.

  • Specify a linetype for an object to override the linetype of the layer. You can specify different linetypes for each object. If you want to specify a different linetype to override the layer-determined linetype of an object, change an existing object's linetype from BYLAER to a specific linetype, such as DASHED.

    If you want to set a linetype for a subsequently created object, you can change the current linetype BYLAYER to a specific one in the Linetype control on the Properties toolbar.


Commands Reference

LINETYPE: Loads, sets, and modifies linetypes

CHANGE: Changes the properties of existing objects

CHPROP: Changes the color, layer, linetype, linetype scale factor, lineweight, thickness, and plot style of an object

LAYER: Manages layers and layer properties

PROPERTIES: Controls properties of existing objects

System Variables Reference

CELTYPE: Sets the linetype of new objects 

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