Subject: Filtering layers by property
Layer property filters include layers according to properties that you specify. For example, a property filter can display all layers with a dashed linetype, then you can easily turn those layers on or off.
To create a properties 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 Properties Filter tool () or press Alt + F.
Filters can be nested.
3 Type a name for the filter.
4 Do any of the following in Filter Definition:
• Click the column of an empty row to specify the property to match. All layers that match the specified properties of any row will be included.
• Click the column of an existing row to specify an additional property that a layer must match to be included in the filter. All layer properties in a single row must be matched for the layer to be included.
• Right-click a row and choose Delete Row to delete a row you no longer need.
• Right-click a row and choose Duplicate Row to make a copy of an existing row.
The filter preview displays the layers that will be included in the filter.
5 Click OK.
6 To complete the command and return to your drawing, close the window.
To modify a properties filter
1 In the Explorer, select Layers, then do one of the following:
• To rename a properties filter, select it and type a new name.
• To delete a properties filter, select it and press Delete.
• To change the definition of a properties filter, double-click it.
• To change the list order of filters, drag and drop a properties 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.
Use a shortcut.
To modify the layers in a properties filter
1 In the Explorer, select Layers.
2 To change the visibility of all layers in a properties filter, right-click the properties 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 properties filter, right-click the properties filter, choose Lock, then choose one of the following:
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