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How to make own complex linetypes?

A - answer If you want to create a new custom linetype, you can use the manual way and edit the respective .LIN file using a text editor - e.g. NOTEPAD (following instructions in the AutoCAD Customization Guide).

A more convenient way is to make use of the MKLTYPE Express Tool and generate your linetype directly from a pre-drawn drawing (you can use PLINEs, SHAPEs...). For shapes you can use a similar tool - MKSHAPE.

Express Tools are included in AutoCAD 2004 and higher.

You can also download existing additional linetypes from

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Tip 9265:RENAME on steroids - complex renaming of AutoCAD objects.
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