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Viewing and Modifying Solid Properties

Use the Properties palette to view and modify solid properties.

To view and modify properties using the Properties palette:

  1. Click Modify > Properties (or type Properties).
  2. In the graphics area, select one or more solids.

    The Properties palette displays the solid properties including the data that define the geometry.

    • If you selected no solid or other entity, the palette displays only general solid properties (Layer, LineColor, LineScale, LineStyle, LineWeight, Transparency, and Hyperlink).
    • If you selected only one solid, you can modify any property of the solid.
    • If you selected more than one solid, the palette displays those properties common to all selected solids, such as Layer, LineColor, LineScale, LineStyle, LineWeight, Transparency, and Hyperlink. If the common properties are not identical in all of the selected entities, the corresponding drop-down list or field in the palette displays <<Varies>>.
  3. Update the properties of the selected entities by clicking the drop-down lists or entering new values.

  Note: You can drag the Properties palette to create a separate window or anchor it to the left or right of the graphics area. Also, you can use other Properties palette display options to increase the graphics area.

Solid Properties

The Properties palette groups the parameters in the following categories:


Groups the general solid properties (Layer, LineColor, LineScale, LineStyle, LineWeight, Transparency, and Hyperlink).

Solid History

Controls the display of solids that form the composite solid or the components that have been removed.

For a composite solid, you can choose to record the sub components that have been removed from the solid.


Displays the data defining the solid geometry. The set of parameters varies according to the solid type.

Use the parameters to modify the dimensions and modify the shape of primitive solids.


  • To change a cone to a frustum, set the Top radius property.
  • To change the number of sides of a pyramid, set the Sides property.


Command: Properties

Menu: Modify > Properties

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