Copy objects from X-ref and Blocks in AutoCAD

The usual method which comes to mind for selecting a nested object is by exploding the block and then copying components. But that is a destructive approach and it is not recommended in most of the cases.

Another method of copying objects from blocks is by opening block editor and copying components of the block from there. For x-ref, you can type XOPEN press enter then select the referenced file to open it in the current window and then copy paste component from the reference file.

But in this article, I will tell you about an easier and nondestructive method for copying nested objects from blocks and X-ref using NCOPY command.

Using NCOPY:

Type NCOPY on the command line and press enter to start the command. Now click on the object which you want to copy from block or X-Ref and press enter. Then specify a base point to pick the copied object and click at destination point to paste the selected object.

A similar approach can be used for copying nested objects from X-ref, see image below for more.

Copy objects from X-ref and Blocks

Insert and Bind options:

When you select NCOPY command and select settings from the option of the command line you will see a prompt as shown below, here you can decide whether to insert or bind copied objects.

Copy objects from X-ref and Blocks

By default insert is selected, when you select Insert the newly copied objects will be placed on the same layer on which object was initially present in source drawing. If the layer is not available in current drawing then AutoCAD will automatically create the layer with same name and properties and place the object on it.

When you select bind a new layer will be created with the name that follows syntax “drawing name $XX$ layer name of source drawing” where XX is the number assigned automatically.

Do you have questions related to this tip? let me know in comments below.

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I am a mechanical engineer and I have worked with Design, Manufacturing and Training industries but now SourceCAD is my full-time work and I use it to train students all over the world. I also train corporate clients and help them develop the skill set of their workforce. I am Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional and an Autodesk expert elite member. I am a regular contributor of AUGI World magazine and apart from SourceCAD I also develop AutoCAD video courses for Pluralsight and other E-Learning businesses.

8 Comments

  1. DONTHU VENKATA RUPESHKUMAR September 17, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to change selection method to rectangle field when selecting which objects to copy? the default Picking each object means clicking on every single line. very labour intensive if there is a lot to copy. Could block what to copy in the xref but if copying from a survey then wouldn’t want to interfere with that file.

  2. Anonymous January 19, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

    thanks

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      Welcome

  3. Anonymous September 28, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    VERY NICE SIR BEST TIP SIR THANKS

  4. Philip McGlade August 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to change selection method to rectangle field when selecting which objects to copy? the default Picking each object means clicking on every single line. very labour intensive if there is a lot to copy. Could block what to copy in the xref but if copying from a survey then wouldn’t want to interfere with that file.

  5. sbelliottblog January 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    That’s great! No more switching in and out of drawings!

  6. CAD Killer January 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Great Tip Brother..Thanks for this.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Welcome

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