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.
To create a sub-filter of an existing filter, right-click the existing filter and choose New Properties Filter or New Group Filter.

   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.
Right-click a properties filter to modify it.

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:

   Lock

   Unlock

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