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Using the Layer Walk Tool

Before saving the next drawing, you will use the Make Object’s Layer Current
button (Home tab ➢ Layers palette) to make the A-DOOR layer current. You
will then use the Layer Walk tool to verify the contents of each layer by isolating them one at a time. Follow these steps:
1. Make sure I06-13-Ridgeline.dwg (M06-13-Ridgeline.dwg) is open.
2. Expand the Layers panel, and click the Pin button in the lower-right
corner. This causes the panel to stay open after the cursor moves off
it instead of autocollapsing.
3. Verify that all layers are in a Thaw state by using the Thaw All Layers
tool found on the Home tab ➢ Layers panel.

4. Click the Make Object’s Layer Current button in the top row of buttons
in the Layers panel. You’ll get the Select object whose layer
will become current: prompt.
5. Pick one of the doors or swing lines. The A-DOOR layer replaces
A-ROOF in the Layer drop-down list, telling you the A-DOOR layer is
now the current layer.

6. Click the Layer Walk button in the extended Layers panel to open the
LayerWalk dialog box, shown in Figure 6.49.
F igu re 6 . 4 9 : The LayerWalk dialog box
7. Select a layer other than layer 0, and the drawing area shows only the
objects on that layer.
8. Use the up and down arrows to “walk” through the drawing’s layers,
verifying that the objects reside on the correct layers. The top of
Figure 6.50 shows the cabin drawing with the A-FLOR-FIXT layer
selected.

Using the Layer Walk Tool 1

F igu re 6 . 5 0 : Displaying the contents of the A-FLOR-FIXT layer (top) and the A-WALL layer (bottom)
If you double-click a layer name, that layer stays displayed even
when it isn’t highlighted, and an asterisk appears next to the layer
name. Figure 6.50 (bottom) shows the cabin drawing with the
A-ROOF layer selected and the A-WALL layer locked on.
9. Close the LayerWalk dialog box.
10. Click the Unpin button to unpin the expanded Layers panel.

Using the Layer Walk Tool 2

By drawing the rooflines, you have completed most of the exercises for this
chapter. The cabin floor plan is almost complete. In the next chapter, you’ll complete the floor plan by using a grouping tool called a block to place windows in the external walls. The rest of this chapter contains a short discussion about color, linetypes, and lineweights and how they work with layers and objects. You’ll also look at the Action Recorder feature to record and play back repetitive tasks.

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