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Control the Display of Overlapped Objects

May 20, 2011

Control how overlapping objects and some other objects are displayed and plotted.

Polylines, Hatches, Gradient Fills, Lineweights, and Text

You can simplify the display of certain kinds of objects, such as wide polylines, donuts, solid-filled polygons (2D solids), hatches, gradient fills and text, to improve the display performance and speed up of creating test plots.

Turning Fill on and off

You can reduce the time it takes to display or print a drawing by turning off the display of solid fill. When Fill is turned off, all filled entities, such as wide polylines and planes, display and print as outlines. When you turn Fill on or off, you must redraw the drawing before the change is displayed.

To turn Fill on or off

  1. Choose Tools > Options.

  2. Click the Display tab.

  3. Under Display performance, select or clear the Apply solid fill check box.

  4. Choose View > Redraw.

Command line FILL


Use Quick Text

If a drawing contains a lot of text using complex fonts, only a rectangular frame defining the text is displayed or plotted when you turn on Quick Text mode.


Text entities require a considerable amount of time to display and print. You can reduce the time it takes to display or print a drawing by enabling Quick Text. For example, if you're doing a preliminary check print of a drawing, you may want to turn Quick Text on to speed up printing. When Quick Text is enabled, text entities are replaced by rectangular boxes that indicate the outline of the area occupied by the text. When you turn Quick Text on or off, you must regenerate the drawing before the change is displayed.

To turn Quick Text on and off

  1. Choose Tools > Options.

  2. Click the Display tab.

  3. Under Display performance, select or clear the Show text boundary frame only check box.

  4. Click OK.

  5. To regenerate your drawing, do one of the following:

  • Choose View > Regen.

  • Type regen and then press Enter.

Command line QTEXT

Controlling the display of lineweights

You can reduce the time it takes to display a drawing by turning off the display of lineweights.

When you turn off lineweights, all entities display as outlines.You can also specify a lineweight scale. Specify a smaller scale to display thinner lines; specify a larger scale to display thicker lines. For example, a scale factor of 0.5 would display a .80 millimeter lineweight as .40 millimeter; a scale factor of 2 would increase the same lineweight to display at 1.6 millimeters. This can help you differentiate various lineweights that display in a drawing. Adjusting the lineweight display scale affects how the lineweights appear on your screen, not how they appear when printed.

NOTE Setting the lineweight scale too high may result in slower system performance.

You can also adjust the units for measuring lineweights, and the default lineweight.

To control the display of lineweights

  1. Choose Format > Lineweight.

  2. In Units for Listing, choose Millimeters or Inches.

  3. In Default, select the lineweight assigned to layers and entities that use the Default lineweight.

  4. In Adjust Display Scale, move the slider to the scale you want. By default, the slider begins at 1.00.

  5. Click OK.

Command line LINEWEIGHT

TIP On the status bar ,left-click the word LWT to turn the display of lineweights on or off.

Update the Display

New objects automatically apply the current settings to displays of solid fill and text. Except for lineweights, you must use the REGEN command to update the display of existing objects.

Control How Overlapping Objects Are Displayed

By default, newly created objects are in front of existing objects; all objects are displayed in the order they are created. To change the draw order, use DRAWORDER command.

Note changing draw order is available only within the same space.

Commands Reference

SETTINGS: Specifies settings for Snap mode, grid, and polar and object snap tracking

FILL: Controls the filling of objects such as hatches, two-dimensional solids, and wide polylines

LWEIGHT: Sets the current lineweight, lineweight display options, and lineweight units

QTEXT: Controls the display and plotting of text and attribute objects

REGEN: Regenerates the entire drawing from the current viewport

DRAWORDER: Changes the display order of images and other objects

QSELECT: Creates a selection set based on filtering criteria

SELECT: Places selected objects in the Previous selection set

WBLOCK: Writes objects or a block to a new drawing file

System Variables Reference

FILLMODE: Specifies whether hatches (including solid-fill), two-dimensional solids, wide polylines, are filled in

LWDISPLAY: Controls whether the lineweight is displayed on the Model or Layout tab

QTEXTMODE: Controls how text is displayed

TEXTFILL: Controls the filling of TrueType fonts while plotting and rendering

TEXTQLTY: Sets the resolution tessellation fineness of text outlines for TrueType fonts while plotting and rendering

HPDRAWORDER: Controls the draw order of hatches and fills


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