Layer Isolate in AutoCAD

by Cad Technician
(Corona, Ca, usa)

How do I isolate my layers in AutoCAD without screening all the others back?

Example... When I turn on layer isolate you can still layers in the background, and I was wondering how can I isolate layers and not see other layers screened in background.........

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Mar 24, 2011
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Freeze the Rest
by: Anonymous

I use Layer Isolate every now and then, but quite frankly find the screened background a bit annoying.

Maybe it's because I'm old school where we would just set to the current layer and freeze the rest.

In fact I still do that in AutoCAD 2011.

I just click on the "Make Object's Layer Current" icon (or use he LAYMCUR command)to set the current layer by picking it on the screen.

Then I use a little simple macro to freeze all the other layers.

^C^C-la;f;*;;

It evokes the layer command the old way, then freezes all the layers.

I made an icon for it using the custom user interface; type CUI at the command line.

Then under the "Search Command List" you'll see a star with a little sun above it. If you hover your mouse over it, it will show "Create a New Command".

Then on the "Properties" area, where it says "Macro" just put:

^C^C-la;f;*;;

... in the space.

Give the macro a name and create an icon for it above.

Then when you click on that icon it will freeze everything except your current layer.

I created another to Thaw All Layers too.

Just replace the "f" with "t" in the macro.

i.e. ^C^C-la;t;*;;

There maybe an easier way to do all this, but this is what I've always used and it works great.

Mar 22, 2012
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SETING ISOLATE LAYER BACK TO "NORMAL"
by: Schulien

Type in the command line "LAYISO"
Type "S" for Settings
Type "O" for Off

Now when you isolate a layer all the others turn off instead of fading and locking.

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