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CAD105
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Copying items from one drawing to another

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04-04-2013 03:00 PM

I'm wanting to copy some elements from one drawing to a different .dwg file to make sure it's identical. I can't just simply use the COPY command. At least it didn't work for me. Can anyone help me with this?

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Alfred.NESWADBA
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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-04-2013 03:09 PM in reply to: CAD105

Hi,

 

>> I can't just simply use the COPY command

Right, there are two different options to copy an object, the command _COPY is specific to AutoCAD and does not exchange data via the Windows clipboard.

The command _COPYCLIP is the one that sends the selected content to the Windows-clipboard, you can then change to the other drawing and start command _PASTECLIP. You can also use the key-combination <Ctrl> <C> for _COPYCLIP and <Ctrl><V> for _PASTECLIP.

 

Last but not least there are different options there are more options than just the two I mentioned here (see the screenshot, done during a right-click) and - not to forget - using _WBLOCK to write some elements into a new drawing.

 

2013-04-05 00-07-54.png

 

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Jay_B
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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-04-2013 03:17 PM in reply to: CAD105

"I'm wanting to copy some elements from one drawing to a different .dwg file to make sure it's identical"

You can copy to clipboard from drawing A and Paste into drawing B using these various choices.

There are caveats depending on what it is you want to copy but many objects can be copied/pasted dwg to dwg.

 

Home Tab of ribbon copy paste options

copy.PNG

 

Right click menu choices for.

copy2.PNG

 

 

 

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rkmcswain
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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-04-2013 04:01 PM in reply to: CAD105

....and within a single session of AutoCAD, if you configure the drawing windows side by side, you can drag and drop drawing geometry from one drawing to another.

 

There is a short animation showing how to do this here:

http://cadpanacea.com/node/346

 

 

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rkmcswain
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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-04-2013 04:03 PM in reply to: CAD105

...and you can copy blocks, layouts, and xrefs from Drawing "A" to Drawing "B", even without opening Drawing "A", using DesignCenter (not to mention all of the non-graphical items you can import using ADC)

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KateMorrical
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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-05-2013 05:46 AM in reply to: CAD105

Why not xref one into the other? Then it'd be easier to keep track of which elements are in which original file.

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pendean
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Message 7 of 11 (19,540 Views)

Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-05-2013 06:05 AM in reply to: CAD105

Friend, how do you copy content

  • from one MSWord document to another MSWord document?
  • from one Excel spreadsheet to another Excel spreadsheet?
  • from one Powerpoint document to another Powerpoint document?
  • from one Photoshop document to another Photoshop document?

Exactly, Windows Copy/Paste, the old standby that's been around for 20-years: the keyboard shortcuts are

  • CTRL+C for copying from the source file
  • CTRL+V for pasting to the destination file
  • CTRL+SHIFT+C in AutoCAD even lets you decide where the pasted objects' insertion point will be for maximum control.

Happy cadding: just don't forget you are still in Windows (or MAC) and all the same exact core rules and abilities still apply.

 

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rkmcswain
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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-05-2013 07:50 AM in reply to: KateMorrical

KateMorrical wrote:

Why not xref one into the other? Then it'd be easier to keep track of which elements are in which original file.


Kate, I would love to show you some of our drawings... :smileyhappy:

We make heavy use of xrefs, but most (not all) annotation still has to be replicated among multiple drawings, even with annotative text.    How I wish you could move items in an xref.

 

 

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KateMorrical
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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

04-05-2013 07:58 AM in reply to: rkmcswain

Oh, I thought the OP was trying to check existing content.

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Re: Copying items from one drawing to another

06-25-2014 08:41 AM in reply to: Alfred.NESWADBA
Outstanding! Thank you for the simple solution
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