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Rename named objects–blocks, dimension styles, layers, and more

It really helps to have a naming system for named objects, including:

  • Blocks
  • Dimension styles
  • Text styles
  • Multileader styles
  • Table styles
  • Layers
  • Linetypes
  • UCSs (User Coordinate Systems)
  • Viewports (viewport configurations)
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But sometimes you need to change their names.Maybe you made a mistake or you’re working on a drawing created by someone else and you need to make your names consistent with your standards.

You do this with the RENAME command. Here are the steps:

  1. The command isn’t on the ribbon, so just type rename on the command line to open the RENAME dialog box.
  2. Click the type of named object that you want to rename from the list on the left.
  3. Select the object you want to rename on the right. It appears in the Old Name text box.
  4. Type the new name in the Rename To text box
  5. Click OK.

It’s really easy, right? But I think that many people don’t even know that the RENAME command exists–maybe because it isn’t on the ribbon.

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Do you use the RENAME command? What type of situation has it helped you resolve?

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3 comments to Rename named objects–blocks, dimension styles, layers, and more

  • Massimo Corradi

    Yes, we use that sometimes, especially because it also supports wildcards. For example you can select all/some layers with L-* , and rename them to A-*.
    This for people that want receive from us old school AIA standard layers (A-*)as in the last millennium ;-)

    Thus the command line variant -rename does not allow wildcards, so we wrote one ourselves.

  • John Dickson (@NkosiEcosse)

    Yes we use it fairly often when updating outdated block on our MEP schematics, very handy especially when used on conjunction with the redefine block command.

  • Derek Cornelson

    Yes, rename is very handy. One type of block renaming that I do is during the block creation process and you have that pesky random block name (you know after that copy/base point paste as block)… Or when you want to bring in a current block and NOT redefine it (or have the new block revert back to the one already in the cad file), then you can rename the current block to something else…

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