About Editing Selected Objects in Referenced Drawings and Blocks
You can modify external references and redefine block definitions from within the
current drawing by using in-place reference editing. Both blocks and xrefs are considered
By editing the reference in place, you can modify the reference within the visual
context of your current drawing.
Often, a drawing contains one or more xrefs as well as multiple block references.
When working with block references, you can select a block, modify it, view and edit
its properties, and update the block definition.
When working with xrefs, you can select the reference you want to work with, modify
its objects, and save back the changes to the reference drawing. You can make minor
changes without having to go back and forth between drawings.
or a block into the current drawing with the NCOPY command.
Understand the Working Set
The objects that you select from the selected xref or block are temporarily extracted
and made available for editing in the current drawing. The set of extracted objects
is called the working set, which can be modified and then saved back to update the xref or block definition.
Objects that make up the working set are visually distinct from other objects in the
drawing. All objects in the current drawing, except objects in the working set, are
Control the Fading of Objects
The XFADECTL system variable controls how objects are displayed while a reference
is edited in place. The set of objects extracted from the reference are displayed
normally. All other objects in the drawing, including objects in the current drawing
and in any references not belonging to the working set, are faded. The value indicates
the intensity of display for objects not in the working set. The larger the value
is for XFADECTL, the more the objects are faded.
VSCURRENT is set to a value of 2D wireframe.
Use the Refedit Ribbon Contextual Tab
If you select nested objects to edit when the ribbon is active, the Edit Reference
ribbon contextual tab is displayed. Using the buttons on the Edit Reference ribbon
contextual tab, you can add objects to or remove objects from the working set, and
you can discard or save back changes to the reference. The Edit Reference ribbon contextual
tab is automatically dismissed after you save back or discard changes made to the
Use the Refedit Toolbar
When the ribbon is not active, The Refedit toolbar is displayed and activated after
you select which nested objects to edit. Using the buttons on the Refedit toolbar,
you can add objects to or remove objects from the working set, and you can discard
or save back changes to the reference. Unless it is docked, the Refedit toolbar is
automatically dismissed after you save back or discard changes made to the working
en working with xrefs, you can select the reference you want to work with, modify its objects, and save back the changes to the reference drawing. … Tip: You can quickly copy one or more selected objects nested within a referenced drawing or a block into the current drawing with the NCOPY command.references are displayed only if the object chosen for selection is part of a nested reference. Only one reference at a time can be selected for editing.Reference panel Edit Reference. Find From within the current drawing, select the reference that you would like to edit. If the object you select in …… You're in a drawing with an attached external reference. … in Figure 3 appears, and it indicates to me that I've selected a block nested within an external reference. … In addition you can only edit one nested object at a time. If …… External references keep drawings organized and free of … in the drawing and click on the Save Changes icon of the Edit Reference panel on the … Select more blocks or named objects from the left panel in a similar way and …selected reference; if the reference is a block, no path is … of layers and other named objects remain the same as in the reference drawing.… Edit xrefs of current drawing without opening the xref drawings.Edit Selected Objects in Xrefs and BlocksYou can …… You can activate block editor by double clicking a block OR select a block … when you want to use other objects in the drawing as reference.