Super-Speedy Layer Control in AutoCAD

7 Dec, 2014

You may have used LayOff to quickly turn an object’s layer off — but do you know about the power LayOff has with blocks, or viewports? Watch this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen to master the additional capabilities of LayOff!

Video Transcript

Hello there, this is Lynn Allen. Welcome to another AutoCAD tip courtesy of Cadalyst magazine. I come to you after an exhausting week at Autodesk University in Las Vegas. But I have just enough energy left to share with you the cool productivity tip.

So today we're going to talk about a tool that's right in the middle of your screen whenever you are on the Home tab on the Ribbon. It's this guy right here -- LayOff. Oh yeah, LayOff. It's got a cool name. You might have used it before. You might have used it for some basic concept. You can select any object on the screen, and it will turn off the layer the object is on. I'll come over here and do the same thing. Very simple, very straightforward.

But there's a lot more to the command than that. I want to make sure you totally get it. You will see that it says Viewport is set to Off. I'm going to take a look at that in a second. And you'll see that the Block Nesting Level is set to Block. Hmmm, what does that mean? So this is a block right here. If I select that block, you will see that it turns off the layer devices. That is the layer that the block was inserted on. Alright, interesting. So when it's set to Block, it will delete the layer the block is inserted on.

Let's change that. Let's going into Settings. Let's go into Block. Let's go into Entity. We're going to set it so that it deletes the layer of the object inside of the block. Let's try it again. I'm going to come over here. I'm going to select that object right there, and you'll see it's says Layer "0" has been turned off. So, that object was created on Layer "0" -- which is good because when you make blocks, you are supposed to create them on Layer "0" so you can insert them onto any layer. So whoever did this was very well behaved. So that's a block option.

Let's go over to a different drawing. Here we have some viewports. So let's take a look at the Viewports option. I'm inside this viewport, and if I select this object, you will see that it is on Layer "Dimensions." So let's see what happens if I go into LayOff, and I select this object. Now watch the other viewports, and you'll see that the Layer "Dimensions" is turned off in the whole entire drawing regardless of the viewport.

Okay, maybe that's what you wanted. Maybe it isn't what you wanted. Maybe you only wanted that layer to be turned off or frozen in that particular viewport. You don't want it to affect the other viewports. No problem. We go into Settings. We go into Viewports, and you'll see an option for Vpfreeze. Let's try it again. I'm come over here and select this dimension layer, and you'll see it only turns off the dimension layer in that viewport.

So you have complete control over how LayOff works. Hopefully that gave you a little added information about the LayOff command. Give it a try, and I think it will make you much more productive. Thank you so much for joining me.

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