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Copying Nested Entities

Use the CopyNested command to duplicate drawing entities that are contained in a Block or a Reference and place a copy of them at a specified location.

Based on one selection, you can create multiple copies. In addition, you can create a specified number of copies in a linear pattern (see Copying Entities in a Linear Pattern).

Optionally, you can force the copied entities onto the active layer.

To copy nested entities:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the ribbon, click Home > Modify > Copy Nested.
    • On the menu, click Modify > Copy Nested.
    • Type CopyNested at the command prompt.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Specify nested entities you want to duplicate and press Enter.
    • Before you specify the nested entities, use the Settings option to decide whether you want to bind or insert the entities. This option determines whether dependent symbols such as Layers, LineStyles, TextStyles, DimensionStyles, and Block definitions associated with the specified entities are added to the drawing:
      • Insert. Similar to the Copy command, the specified entities are copied to the current Layer without regard to dependent symbols.
      • Bind. Includes the dependent symbols associated with the specified entities into the drawing.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Specify a source base point for the copy.
    • Specify the Displacement option and provide the relative location of the copy by specifying the X, Y, and Z displacements, for example, 3,5,5. If you want to make the copy in the X and Y directions only, do not specify a Z delta. In this case, for example, specify 3,5.

      This option exits the command after you specify the displacement.

    • Specify the Active Layer option to force the entities onto the active layer, then specify the destination point.

      This setting is preserved during the current application session until you reset it.

    • Specify the Multiple option to create more than one copy, then specify the source base point.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • Specify a destination point to displace the copy.
    • Specify the Pattern option to create a specified number of copies in a linear pattern.

      See Copying Entities in a Linear Pattern).

  5. If you specified to create multiple copies, specify subsequent destination points.

    The copies are placed in the specified positions. If the result of a multiple copy is unexpected, specify the Undo option.

  6. To finish duplicating entities, press Enter.

  The Pattern command is an effective tool to create multiple copies in a linear or circular pattern.


Command: CopyNested

Menu: Modify > Copy Nested

Ribbon: Home > Modify > Copy Nested

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