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How to disable osnaps for xref objects?

A - answer How can I suppress and switch off object snapping (osnap) for Xref geometry? It hinders me when snapping to entities in the main DWG drawing.

By default, you cannot disable osnaps for xref objects. But you can use the following trick.

Switch your Xref (or Xrefs) temporarily (e.g. through the Properties palette) to the layer DEFPOINTS (you can create it e.g. by drawing a classic dimension). Then freeze the layer 0 - move any needed geometry from it to another layer and set any other layer (other than 0) as the current layer. In this combination of settings, all xref objects will be ignored for osnaps.

Do not forget to revert this layer arrangement back to the original setting - see why not use the DEFPOINTS layer for standard geometry - Tip 11469.

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See also:
Tip 13868:XrefStamp - create a dynamic list of xrefs in your DWG drawing.
Tip 13435:Bulk setting of layer properties according to the object in that layer.
Tip 10406:Setting the bubble notification timeout in AutoCAD.
Tip 10394:Attach xrefs from a predefined folder (path).
Tip 9363:How to hide the frame of a wipeout, embedded DWF or DGN?

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