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Commands: Explorer, Layer, Layerstate, Linetype, MlStyle, MLeaderStyle, Style, DimStyle, TableStyle, ExpUcs, View, VisualStyles, LightList, Materials, RenderPresets, ExpBlocks, XRef, Image, Pdf, eTransmit,PageSetup, SectionPlaneSettings

The Drawing Explorer window consists of a number of sub-windows or panes:

  • Drawings:

    • Open Drawings: a list of all drawings that are currently open.

    • Folders: your favorite drawing folders

  • Details: the details of the selected drawing or the details of the selected category in a drawing, e.g. layers, blocks, images, ...

  • Preview: a preview of the selected drawing, layer, block, view, dimension style, table style, XRef, image or material.
    Use the arrow keys to browse through the items.

  • Editor: to define or edit the properties of Multiline Styles, Multileader Styles, Table Styles, Views, Visual Styles, Sunlight settings, Materials, Render Presets and Section Planes.

You can select which panes you want to have open or closed in the View menu.
BricsCAD remembers the display settings for each category.


To open the Drawing Explorer

To open the Drawing Explorer window do one of the following:

  • Click the Drawing Explorer tool button () on the Standard toolbar.
    The Drawing Explorer window opens showing the details of the most recently used category.

  • Click the Layer, Linetype, Text Style or Dimension Style field in the Status Bar.
    The Drawing Explorer window opens showing the details of the clicked definitions category in the current drawing.
    (See Customizing the Status Bar to enable/disable fields in the Status Bar.)

  • Choose Drawing Explorer in the Tools menu, then select a category in the flyout.
    The Drawing Explorer window opens showing the details of the selected category.

  • Type explorer in the command bar, then press Enter.
    The Drawing Explorer window opens showing the details of the most recently used category.

To control the Drawing Explorer layout

  • In the View menu, check/uncheck the sub-window you want to open or close


  • If you click a settings category in the Drawings sub-window when the >Details sub-window is closed, the Details window is re-opened, showing the content of the selected settings category.

  • To close a sub-window, click the close button () in its title bar.

  • To restore the default layout choose Restore Default Explorer Layout in the Settings menu.

Opening a drawing

To open a drawing using the Drawing Explorer do the following:

  1. Launch the Drawing Explorer.

  2. In the Drawings > Folders sub-window browse to the folder of the drawing.


To insert a block from an unopened drawing

The Block Manager feature of the Drawing Explorer allows to insert blocks in the current drawing from unopened drawings.


To copy definitions between drawings

  1. Open both the source and the target drawing.

  2. Launch the Drawing Explorer.

  3. In the source drawing select the category you want to copy items from, e.g. Blocks.

  4. (option) In the Details toolbar, click the Icon View button ()

  5. Select the item(s) you want to copy, e.g. a series of blocks.
    Press and hold the Ctrl key to select multiple items.

  6. Press and hold the left mouse button to drag the selection set to the Open Drawings section of the Drawing Explorer.

  7. Release the left mouse button when on the target drawing name.
    The selected items are copied to the target drawing.
    You will be prompted to overwrite items of the same name.


To merge the content of two layers

  1. Open the Drawing Explorer > Layers dialog window.

  2. Select the layer you want to merge into another layer.

  3. Choose Merge to... in the Edit menu.
    The Merge Layers dialog box displays.

  4. Select the layer you want to merge to.


    5.Click the Merge button.
    The content of the first layer is merged to the second layer.
     The first layer is purged from the drawing.

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