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External References in AutoCAD

Published on June 10, 2019

External references allow for independent drawings and models to be viewed as overlays in your file. An external reference, or link, updates each time you open your file, or manually through the external reference dialogue box. Linking external references into your drawing not only allows for easy coordination, but also can be used to manage file size or juggle multiple individual users.

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External Reference Manager allows you to:
  • Attach/Detach Files (Removes Completely)
  • Reload/Unload Files (Removes Temporarily)
  • Change Path to Files
  • Open X-ref for editing
  • Shows File Details


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