Overview of Styling Drawing Layers
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To create a map with styled drawing layers

  1. In the Display Manager, click DataNew Map.
  2. In the Current Map box, enter a name for the new map.
  3. Select the objects to style.

    Each set of drawing objects is a drawing layer.

  4. For each layer, specify a style or a theme.
  5. Optionally:
    • Change the display order of drawing layers. Layers at the top of the list appear on top of other layers.
    • Specify different styles at different view scales.
    • Create a legend.
To Do This Click Description
Display the Display Manager In the Tool-based Ribbon Workspace, click View tab Palettes panel Map Task Pane. In the Task Pane, click Display Manager. Use the Display Manager to style features and drawing objects in your maps, and to update the display for different drawing scale thresholds.
Create a drawing layer In the Display Manager, click DataAdd Drawing Data. Click the type of layer to create. A drawing layer is a set of objects. Each layer can have its own style. See Bringing In Drawing Data From DWG Files.
Query objects in the current drawing In the Display Manager, click Data Add Drawing DataQuery Current Drawing. A query lets you define conditions to select specific objects. See Bringing In Drawing Data From DWG Files.
Query objects in attached drawings In the Display Manager, click Data Add Drawing DataQuery Source Drawings. A query lets you define conditions to select specific objects. See Bringing In Drawing Data From DWG Files.
Create a style Right-click a layer. Click Add Style, and then choose the type of style to create. Change color, linetype, linetype scale, line weight, or plotstyle; change the symbol used to represent the objects; or add hatch, text, or annotation for objects using this style. See Creating a Style.
Create a theme style In the Display Manager, right-click a layer Add StyleTheme. A theme varies the style based on data associated with the object. See Overview of Theme Styles.
Import a theme or map from a previous version of AutoCAD Map 3D

To import a theme: In the Display Manager, click DataAdd Drawing DataImport Old Theme.

To import a map: In the Display Manager, click Data Add Drawing DataImport Old Map.

You can import a theme or map you created in a previous version of AutoCAD Map 3D.
Turn a style on or off Select or clear the check box next to the style name in the Display Manager. When a style is turned off, drawing objects are displayed without styles.
Create a new scale threshold In the Display Manager, click Tools Show Thresholds. Click the thin down arrow next to the Threshold list, and then click Duplicate. Enter the new threshold and click OK. Use scale thresholds to change drawing layer styles as you zoom in or out, for example, turn text off as you zoom out. Close the lock icon on the Status Bar to link scale and style.
NoteThis functionality applies to drawing layers only. Feature layers use scale ranges. For more information, see Defining Scale Ranges.
Change the display order of layers Drag the layer up or down in the Display Manager using the Draw Order view to change the display order. To change views, in the Display Manager, click Groups Draw Order. Layers are drawn from the bottom up. Objects in the layer at the top of the Display Manager are drawn last and appear on top of other objects. If an object is a member of more than one layer, it is drawn based on the highest layer to which it belongs. The Draw Order view is useful for defining a display order that differs from the layer organization in the Display Manager or the legend. The Draw Order view takes precedence over the order in the Layers By Group view.
Hide objects in a layer Clear the check box next to the layer name If a layer is turned off, objects from that layer are hidden.
Add a legend In the Display Manager, click Tools Create Legend. The legend lists the styles used in the map. See Adding a Legend.
Update the drawing Right-click the Display Manager. Click Update. Reloads the entire drawing, including rereading attribute data, reevaluating expressions for styles and themes, and requerying layers. To update a single layer, right-click the layer. Click Update.
Refresh the Display Manager On the command line, enter mapwsrefresh. You sometimes must refresh the items in the Display Manager. This operation does not affect the drawing.