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Hidden Layers`

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06-22-2009 07:27 AM
I have a problem with a hidden layer that i cannot find.

bear with me as i try to explain this one.

I have created a drawing with layers imported from another drawing, however after I have saved the completed drawing the imported layers have dissparead from my workspace,
if I look in the layer manager all layers are present and are active, all colours are visable in my workspace but I cannont find the original infomration that I have imported.
I have also done work on the same drawing out of the office and have the information saved on a USB pen drive, if I open that drawing the referance information is present.
Does anyone know why this has occured, i have a feeling it maybe soething to do with the imported informations referance and that the drawing can no longer find that referaanced information. if that is the case how do i go about telling the drawing where it can find the information.

I could try recreating the drawing from scratch but thats really not what i want to do, any help please would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Hidden Layers`

06-22-2009 09:25 AM in reply to: jimi_boom81

Under the "Insert" drop down menu there is a
selection for external references. If you go to that dialog box it will tell you
which external references are missing the link to the referenced file and allow
you to remap to the location.


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Re: Hidden Layers`

05-23-2011 11:52 AM in reply to: jimi_boom81

I have a similar problem that is not fixed by the 'Insert' idea that was mentioned.There are no xrefs in my drawing.


I created a detail by copying someone else's detail block into a new document. I exploded the block and recreated the linework. I don't see any extra objects when I'm in my file, but they show up when I 'insert' the detail into my detail sheet.


This may be related also. I have layers in my document from the original block drawing that I cannot delete - I get an error message that there is linework on those layers so they cannot be deleted. But I have done my best to delete all the old linework. Where is it hiding???

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Message 4 of 6 (2,767 Views)

Re: Hidden Layers`

05-23-2011 03:08 PM in reply to: yasin2ray

Try going to the Layer Properties and clicking on the 3rd icon at the top left. This brings up the Layer States Manager.


Down the bottom section, under Restore Options, there is a check box titled 'Turn off Layers not found in Layer State'

If this is checked, uncheck it and try importing your layer state again.


Regards Brad

Icemanau (NNTP handle: Brad Coleman)

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Re: Hidden Layers`

05-25-2011 03:15 PM in reply to: jimi_boom81


I looked at the Layer States Manager (which I have never used before) and learned I have no layer states. So, if nothing else, thanks for introducing me to the topic!


Any other ideas for the hidden objects?



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Message 6 of 6 (2,740 Views)

Re: Hidden Layers`

05-27-2011 08:42 AM in reply to: jimi_boom81



Explain how did you import those layers?


did you copy+paste some objects on some layers?

if this is the case? then maybe these objects were insert as a block

and some how (by mistake) were erased.


just copy+paste them again (from the USB pen drive) and thats it.













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