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Copy existing layouts from another DWG file.

A - answer If you need to create (insert) a set of layouts in your current drawing -- copy them from another DWG drawing, you can use the command LAYOUT and its option Template.

There is a drawback in ths approach, as newer AutoCAD versions insert the layouts sorted alphabetically.

If you need to keep the original (source) order of layouts, you an use the utility CADstudio GetLayouts. AppLoad it and run the GetLayouts command - it will prompt for the name of the external DWG drawing and then (without opening it) it imports all its layouts into the current drawing (layouts with the same name are not copied nor changed).

You can download the GetLayouts utility from

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23.4.2010    14009×  

See also:
Tip 12569:How to Explode a ViewBase generated from a 3D model?
Tip 12448:Pan view (change view target) in multiple viewports of a layout.
Tip 12210:How to erase a specific object type in all DWG layouts?
Tip 12049:AutoCAD display (status bar) jumps and flickers while zooming.
Tip 11967:How to apply a changed drawing template (DWT) to existing drawings?

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