When you have a drawing with a lot of XREFs in it, the amount of layers shown in the “Layers” toolbar drop-down can increase dramatically. I started noticing as the amount of layers in the drawing increased, at some point they started being displayed in random order.
Recently we adopted new layer names similar to the NCS layers already built in to Civil 3D templates. We had to make a few modifications of course, one of those being XREF layer names. We decided it was best to have XREF layers start with “X-” and end with a standard four-letter abbreviation. This enabled us to more easily sort XREF layers. To really make this successful, we also had to make it a standard practice to rename external reference names. Let me show you why. Read more »
You may have noticed that when you attempt to delete a layer that is being used by entities in your drawing you will be denied.
There is, however, an easy way to delete layers that are being used by entities. Read more »
According to the AutoCAD help file, “Reconciling new layers is the process of manually reviewing new layers so that you can avoid potential errors before plotting your drawing or when restoring a layer state.” Read more »