Quick Reference

Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.

Access Methods


 Ribbon: Home tabDraw panelHatchNot available on the ribbon in the current workspace
 Menu: DrawHatchNot available in menus in the current workspace
 Toolbar: Draw 


When the ribbon is active, the Hatch Creation contextual tab is displayed. When the ribbon is off, the Hatch and Gradient dialog box is displayed.

If you enter -hatch at the Command prompt, options are displayed.

NoteTo prevent the creation of an enormous number of hatch lines, the maximum number of hatch lines created in a single hatch operation is limited. This limit prevents memory and performance problems. However, you can change the maximum number of hatch lines with the HPMAXLINES system variable.

Choose from several methods to specify the boundaries of a hatch.

  • Specify a point in an area that is enclosed by objects.
  • Select objects that enclose an area.
  • Specify boundary points using the -HATCH Draw option.
  • Drag a hatch pattern into an enclosed area from a tool palette or DesignCenter.