Subject: Filtering layers by group
Layer group filters include any layer that you select for the group. For example, a group filter can display all layers that contain text entities, then you can freeze or thaw those layers as needed.
To create a group filter
1 Do one of the following to choose Explore Layers ():
• On the ribbon, choose Home > Explore Layers (in Layers) or choose Tools > Layers (in Explorer).
• On the menu, choose Format > Explore Layers or choose Tools > Explorer > Explore Layers.
• On the Explorer toolbar, click the Explore Layers tool.
• Type explayers and then press Enter.
2 Click the Group Filter tool () or press Alt + G.
Filters can be nested.
3 Type a name for the new group filter, then press Enter.
4 To choose layers for the group filter, do one of the following:
• Right-click the group filter, choose Select Layers > Add, then select entities in your drawing that reside on layers to include in the group. Press Enter when done. Choose Select Layers > Replace if the group filter has existing layers that you want to remove before adding new layers.
• Double-click the group filter, then mark and unmark the desired layers.
5 Click OK.
6 To complete the command and return to your drawing, close the window.
Create a group filter by converting an existing property filter.
To modify a group filter
1 In the Explorer, select Layers, then do one of the following:
• To rename a group filter, select it and type a new name.
• To delete a group filter, select it and press Delete.
• To change the layers included in a group filter, double-click it.
• To change the list order of filters, drag and drop a group filter to a new location in the list. To sort all filters in alphabetical order, right-click the top item, All, and choose Sort Filters.
• To select new layers for the group filter directly in the drawing, right-click the group filter. Choose Select Layers > Add if you want to keep all existing layers in the group filter and select new ones to add directly in the drawing. Choose Select Layers > Replace if you want to remove all existing layers from the group filter and select new ones directly in the drawing.
Use a shortcut.
To modify the layers in a group filter
1 In the Explorer, select Layers.
2 To change the visibility of all layers in a group filter, right-click the group filter, choose Visibility, then choose one of the following:
• On / Off
• Thaw / Freeze
• Isolate Freeze
These additional options are available if you’re working on a Layout tab:
• Current Viewport Thaw / Freeze
• Current Layout All Viewports Thaw / Freeze
• Isolate Viewport Freeze
3 To change the accessibility of all layers in a group filter, right-click the group filter, choose Lock, then choose one of the following:
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