Subject: Copying materials

You can copy and paste materials between drawings. In addition to the steps below, you can also select a material and use the Windows shortcut keys (Ctrl+A to select all, Ctrl+X to cut, Ctrl+C to copy, Ctrl+V to paste) to copy it in the Explorer. You can use these shortcut keys with all other Explorer elements as well.

To copy a material from one drawing to another

   1   Do one of the following to choose Explore Materials ():    

   On the ribbon, choose Tools > Materials (in Explorer).

   On the menu, choose Tools > Explorer > Explore Materials.

   On the Format toolbar, click the Explore Materials tool.

   Type expmaterials and then press Enter.

   2   Right-click the material you want to copy.

   3   From the shortcut menu, select Copy.

   4   If necessary, click Show as Palettes () to display Material Explorer as a dialog box instead of a palette. (Palettes can display information about the current draw­ing only.)

   5   In the left pane, select the drawing to which you want to copy the material.

   6   Click the Materials element for that drawing.

   7   In the right pane, right-click, and then from the shortcut menu, select Paste.

Each drawing contains a material named Global.
You cannot delete or rename this material.    


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