Subject: Setting the current lineweight

Lineweights help differentiate the purpose of one line from another. Lineweights determine how thick or thin entities appear both on the screen and when printed. Every drawing has these lineweights: DEFAULT, BYLAYER, BYBLOCK, and many additional lineweights in millimeters (or you can use inches).           

When you create an entity, it is created using the current lineweight. By default, the current lineweight for a new entity is BYLAYER. This means that the entity line­weight is determined by the current layer. When you assign BYLAYER, changing a layer’s lineweight changes the lineweight of all the entities assigned that layer (if they were created using the lineweight BYLAYER).     

You can also select a specific lineweight (or DEFAULT) as the current lineweight, which overrides the layer’s lineweight setting. Entities are then created using that lin­eweight (or the DEFAULT lineweight), and changing the layer lineweight has no effect on them.

As a third option, you can use the lineweight BYBLOCK property, in which case new entities are drawn using the DEFAULT lineweight until you group them into a block. The entities then inherit the block’s lineweight setting when you insert the block into a drawing.

If you choose a lineweight that is less than .025 millimeter, it displays as one pixel when you create your drawing. When you print your drawing, it prints at the thinnest lineweight that is available for your printer.

You cannot assign lineweights to planes, points, TrueType fonts, or raster images (if supported in your version of CADdirect).

To set the current lineweight

   1   Do one of the following to choose Drawing Settings ():      

   On the ribbon, choose Application button > Drawing Utilities; Home > Drawing Settings (in Utilities); or Tools > Drawing Settings (in Manage).

   On the menu, choose Tools > Drawing Settings or choose Tools > Lineweight.

   On the Tools toolbar, click the Drawing Settings tool.

   Type dsettings and then press Enter.

   2   Click the Entity Creation tab.

   3   In the Lineweight list, choose the lineweight that you want to make current.

   4   Click OK.

Use the status bar shortcut.
On the status bar, right-click the word BYLAYER for the current lineweight, and then choose the current lineweight. You can also double-click the word LWT to toggle the display of lineweights on and off.

Lineweights need to be turned on to be visible.
To see lineweights in your drawing, you may need to turn on their visibility. For details, see Displaying lineweights.

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