Using symbols in drawings

You can insert a symbol into a drawing, which creates a symbol instance. A symbol instance can be modified in ways which do not affect the symbol definition in the library. For example, you can modify the size and position of a symbol instance, without affecting the symbol definition. You can also have the symbol instance scaled automatically to match the current drawing scale.

For a list of object properties that can be modified in a symbol instance, see "Modifying symbol instances" on page 154.

If a symbol stored in a library is changed, you can update the link to refresh the symbol instances. Also, if a link is broken, you can fix the link. A link can become broken when the file containing the symbol is moved or renamed. To fix the link, you can reference any library file that contains the symbol.

You can revert a symbol instance to an object or objects while preserving its properties. You can also delete a symbol instance, and purge unused symbol definitions. Purging removes all symbol definitions that are not instanced in a drawing.

You use the Symbol manager docker to work with symbols.

" Symbol Manager X

5ymbol Preview:

" Symbol Manager X

5ymbol Preview:

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The preview area shows a symbol and information about it, including the

• number of instances in the active document

linked — the symbol definition is added from a library file internal — the symbol was created in the active document or was made internal by breaking a link • type of symbol: nested or un-nested

Just below the preview area, a tree view lets you see all linked and internal symbol definitions in the active document, including symbols that are not instanced. You can also navigate to symbol libraries.

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