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How to attatch any file in the drawing using xref command

XRef Command in AutoCAD


Now in this video, we are going to learn about the Xref command in AutoCAD.

We will first see that why we use external reference. If we want to merge furniture and layout in one file together, we can use the Xref command.

The shortcut key for using the Xref command is the 'X+R+Enter' key. As soon as we use this command, one menu will open in front of our screen. And on the top left corner of it, we have been given DWG options, which used to attach any DWG file, image file, DWF file, DGN file, PDF file, and point cloud and coordination model file.

In our case, we will select attach DWG file and then choose our required file, which we want to attach. As soon as we select the file, one dialogue box will open in front of our screen named 'Attach External Reference'.
We will see preview, reference type, scale, insertion point, path type, rotation, and block unit options in the dialogue box.

In which we will select attachment as our reference type. Similarly, we will edit all other options as per our requirement. And after doing all this, we will click OK.

After that, we will see that the file we selected has been added to the External References Menu.
Now will see that the furniture drawing file attached to the layout file on our main screen. As we select any one piece of furniture, the whole table .dwg file will be chosen.

The main difference between attach xrefs and overlay xrefs is that attach Xref saves a copy of the Xref drawing in our drawing while overlay Xref creates a link to the Xref drawing in your drawing.


Add an Xref to your document. Select the Insert tab in the Reference panel. Attach. Find. Select one or more files to attach in the Select Reference File dialogue box, then click Open. Select Attachment from the Reference Type drop-down menu in the Attach External Reference dialogue box. Insertion point, scale, and rotation angle must all be specified. Click the OK button.

Click the "Insert" tab, then the "Attach" option, from the many options in the ribbon space. Choose a file type and a location for your drawing. When you do this, a new window appears with options for customising your external reference.

To bind an Xref to the current drawing, follow these steps:

  • Select the Insert tab. Panel of experts to consult Launcher for dialogue boxes. Find.
  • Select the reference name you want to bind in the External References panel.
  • Bind can be accessed by right-clicking and selecting Bind.
  • Select one of the following options in the Bind Xrefs dialogue box: ...
  • To close each dialogue box, click OK.

Cross-reference tables, also known as XREF tables, are used to maintain the lineage of data, as well as which systems and records from those systems contributed to aggregated records. They are also used to manage data versions. There are one or more cross-reference records for each base object record.

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