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How to remove unwanted references to .DXE files?

A - answer Whenever you use the DATAEXTRACTION command, AutoCAD guides you to create and name a DXE definition file (datalink). These .DXE files are automatically added to the list of external references to the current DWG drawing.

As there is no direct method for removing these references (higher AutoCAD versions allow to remove them by right-clicking on the link in the Datalink Manager - DATALINK), the list may grow in time and can cause problems when transferring the drawing.

In such cases you can use the free CADstudio DXEdel utility with the DXEdel command. This command removes (purges, detaches) DXE references from your drawing (save the drawing).

You can download DXEdel from

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