Modifying Properties Using the Properties Palette

Modifying Properties Using the Properties Palette
Learn how to modify properties using the properties palette in AutoCAD 2018. Get quick and easy video tutorials on object properties by AutoCAD experts.

You can use the Properties palette to change the properties of an object. This can be quite useful, particularly if you happen to create an object on the wrong layer or with the wrong color or the wrong linetype.

There are several ways to open the Properties palette. On the Home ribbon, in the Properties panel, you can click the dialog box launcher. Or, on the View ribbon, in the Palettes panel, click the Properties button. You can also display the Properties palette by pressing the CTRL+1 keyboard combination.

The Properties palette behaves like any other type of palette. It can be moved and resized. You can also right-click its title bar and use tools in the shortcut menu to enable the palette to be docked, to anchor it to the left or right side of the drawing window, to control its Auto-hide setting, and to adjust the transparency of the palette.

In the shortcut menu, choose Anchor Left to anchor the palette on the left side of the drawing window. When anchored, the palette takes up very little space. When you move the cursor over the palette, it rolls out so that you can access all of the properties.

Click and drag the title bar to float the palette and then drag it to the left edge to dock the palette. When docked, it remains visible and takes up space that could otherwise be used to work on the drawing. Most users prefer to anchor the palette, but leave it docked for now so that you can see all of the settings.

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At the top of the Properties palette, it currently says No Selection, because although the palette is open, no objects are currently selected. So the properties that currently appear in the palette are the default values for the current drawing. On the Home ribbon, in the Properties panel, expand the Object Color drop-down and choose Red. In the Properties palette, under General, the Color value has also changed to Red. Click in the Color field in the Properties palette, expand the drop-down, and choose ByLayer. In the ribbon, the Object Color also changes to ByLayer. The Properties palette shows many of the same properties as the Properties panel in the ribbon.

In the drawing, double-click the circle representing the table. The program displays the Quick Properties palette. Again, the Properties palette and the Quick Properties palette display many of the same properties, and you can change those properties in either palette. Since you can see all of the properties in the Properties palette, you do not really need to see the Quick Properties palette. Close the Quick Properties palette.

In the Properties palette, you can see that a circle is selected. Now you can use any of the controls in the Properties palette to change any of the properties of that object. Expand the Color drop-down. As you move the cursor over a color, you can see a preview of what the object would look like using that color.

Click in the Linetype field and expand the drop-down. Again, as you move the cursor over a linetype, you can see a preview of what the object would look like using that linetype.

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Under Geometry, you can change any of the physical properties of the object, such as changing its Center X and Center Y coordinates in order to move the object. You can also change the size of the circle by changing its Radius, Diameter, Circumference, or Area values. For example, suppose you know that the circumference of the circle is supposed to be exactly 22 feet. Click in the Circumference field, type “22′“, and press ENTER. The circle immediately updates.

When you are done modifying the object, press ESC to deselect the object.

Use a crossing window to select the table and the adjacent chair. When you select multiple types of objects, you can no longer change the physical properties of the geometry. The Properties Palette shows only the properties common to all of the objects. Click the arrow at the top of the Properties palette to display a list of the types of objects selected. You can see that there is one line, one circle, and one polyline. Select Circle (1). Now that the object list is filtered to only show the properties for circles, you can see all of the properties for the circle.

In this case, what you want to do is to move all of the objects you selected to the FURNITURE layer. Expand the drop-down again and choose All (3). All objects include the general properties Color, Layer, Linetype, and so on. Click in the Layer field, expand the drop-down, and choose FURNITURE. All three objects have now been moved to the FURNITURE layer.

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When you are done changing the properties of the selected objects, press ESC to deselect the objects. The Properties palette once again shows that no objects are selected.

When you are done using the Properties palette, click the Close button.

Source: Autodesk

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