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When opening a drawing in AutoCAD or other CAD programs, some or all of its text does not display or displays incorrectly. Text may look different when the drawing is opened on different systems. One or more of the following may occur:

  • Text is displayed in a different font. 
  • Text is displayed as blank spaces.
  • Text displays as corrupted letters or characters.
  • Text is barely visible until zoomed in.
  • Text is shifted and, or at a different scale or linetype.
  • Text does not fit the space or frame it was placed in.
  • Text overlaps other text in the object.

Possible Reasons

  • AutoCAD is substituting a font that cannot be found in the operating system or AutoCAD font folders. (Most possible)
  • Bigfont files are missing. (When your drawing has Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
  • The installed font on the system is corrupt and can’t be read correctly in AutoCAD.
  • The font is an OpenType font with Postscript outlines.
  • AutoCAD is substituting a font as specified in the font-mapping (FMP) file. 
  • The affected object is specific to Civil 3D, such as labels and COGO points.

Solutions

  • Install, or copy missing fonts from another System. (How to install a font into AutoCAD?)
  • Reinstall corrupted fonts
    1. Go to the Windows Font folder by opening the Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Fonts, alternatively go to Windows 10 Settings.
    2. Delete the affected font.
    3. Right-click the working font file and choose install from the menu.
  • Check for font substitution: Simplex.shx is a default font that AutoCAD often uses when it cannot find a needed font. To check this, open a drawing and then press F2 to bring up the text window. This shows the font substitution.
  • Substituted font file corruption: If the simplex.shx font is damaged and not displaying correctly, copy simplex.shx from a working system into the following folders. This applies even when it is not the intended font, or AutoCAD has used it to replace another. C:\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx\Fonts C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx\[release]\enu\Support
  • Verify font mapping settings:
    1. Find the path to the acad.fmp file in Options > Files > Text Editor, Dictionary, and Font File Names > Font Mapping File.
    2. Following this path, navigate to the acad.fmp file within the operating system and open it in a text editor such as Notepad.
    3. Compare the file with acad.fmp from a working system.
    4. Manually edit the font replacements as needed.
      • Copy and replace the acad.fmp file.

How to install a font into AutoCAD?

AutoCAD supports TrueType and SHX fonts.

Installing an SHX font into AutoCAD:

  1. Unzip the font file if downloaded as a ZIP file.
  2. Right click and select ‘Copy’ or do CTRL+C on the desired .shx file.
  3. Navigate to the fonts folder within the AutoCAD program located at:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx\Fonts

Alternatively, if the fonts are kept on a server or a network, the file path can be added into AutoCAD instead:

  1. On the command line type OPTIONS.
  2. In the ‘File’ tab open the tree for ‘Supported File Search Path’ and click ‘Add’ then ‘Browse’ to add the location of the desired font location.
  3. Click ‘Apply’ then ‘OK’ to close.

Installing a TrueType font:

  • AutoCAD reads TrueType (.ttf) fonts that are installed in the operating system. TTF files do not go into AutoCAD’s own Fonts folder.
  1. Unzip the font file if downloaded as a ZIP file.
  2. Right click and select ‘Copy’ or do CTRL+C on the desired .ttf files and paste them into:

C:\Windows\Fonts

  1. Right click the newly pasted font and select ‘Install’.
  • Alternatively, if the file is on a server or a network location, it can be directly installed into AutoCAD after adding in the file path location:
  1. On the command line type OPTIONS.
  2. In the ‘File’ tab open the tree for ‘Supported File Search Path’ and click ‘Add’ then ‘Browse’ to add the location of the desired font location.
  3. Click ‘Apply’ then ‘OK’ to close.
  4. Navigate to the desired font then right-click on the .ttf file and select ‘Install’.

Note: Some fonts can be associated with a linetype, and the line type might need to be edited to use it

Installing OpenType fonts:

  1. Unzip the font file if downloaded as a ZIP file.
  2. Right click and select ‘Copy’ or do CTRL+C on the desired .oft files and paste them into:

C:\Windows\Fonts

  1. Right click the newly pasted font and select ‘Install’.

Additional locations:

AutoCAD will read font files that are in the same folder as a DWG being opened. It is also possible to setup a custom fonts folder and put its path into AutoCAD in Options > Files > Support File Search Path.

One or more SHX files are missing. What would you like to do? 

If the original font is missing and cannot be obtained, it is possible to replace the missing SHX font with another one.

  1. Open the affected drawing.
  2. When prompted, choose Specify a replacement for each SHX file.
  3. Choose a replacement font for each missing one and click OK. Repeat until all missing fonts are replaced.

How to Use Asian Big Font SHX Files?

If the drawing has Asian language, such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, please check big font, and use bigfont.shx or chineset.shx to replace it. If the characters is Simplify Chinese, use gbcbig.shx to replace it. 

Asian alphabets contain thousands of non-ASCII characters. To support such text, the program provides a special type of shape definition known as a Big Font file. You can set a style to use both regular and Big Font files.

Asian Language Big Fonts Included in the Product
Font File NameDescription
@extfont2.shxJapanese vertical font (a few characters are rotated to work correctly in vertical text)
bigfont.shxJapanese font, subset of characters
chineset.shxTraditional Chinese font
extfont.shxJapanese extended font, level 1
extfont2.shxJapanese extended font, level 2
gbcbig.shxSimplified Chinese font
whgdtxt.shxKorean font
whgtxt.shxKorean font
whtgtxt.shxKorean font
whtmtxt.shxKorean font
Asian Language Big Fonts

How to Specify an Alternate Font?

If your drawing specifies a font that is not currently on your system, the font designated as your alternate font is automatically substituted. By default, the simplex.shx file is used. If you want to specify a different font, enter the alternate font file name by changing the FONTALT system variable. If you use a text style that uses an Asian Big Font, you can map it to another font using the FONTALT system variable. This system variable uses a default font file pair: txt.shx and bigfont.shx.

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AutoCAD has been available since 1982 and is considered by many the grandfather of computer-aided design (CAD). The software comes with an array of features that make it a versatile tool for many industries, including industry-specific features and toolsets for engineering, architecture, graphic design, city planning, and even project management.

All of these features come at a cost: currently $1,975 per year, to be precise. Autodesk no longer offers perpetual licenses for AutoCAD, so it’s accessible only with a subscription. It’s a significant cost for non-professional users.

Following are the best AutoCAD alternatives.

BricsCAD

Cost: Annual subscriptions from $314 (Lite), One-Time fee from $590(Lite)

BricsCAD is best known for having rich features in both 2D drawing and 3D modeling. There are five BricsCAD editions so you can choose the BricsCAD that suits your needs best. Whether you’re working in 2D, 3D or both, there’s a BricsCAD for you. Choose from BricsCAD® Lite, BricsCAD® Pro, BricsCAD® BIM, BricsCAD® Mechanical or BricsCAD® Ultimate.

BricsCAD Lite Version

It’s fully compatible with templates, blocks, and sheets created within AutoCAD, with the extra advantage of natively supporting LISP routines and dynamic blocks. BricsCAD also claims to apply AI-based tools to recognize user intent and optimize tasks through the Blockify feature.

Direct 3D modeling tools are available with the Pro subscription (and above), with the Lite version only offering 2D drafting tools. The Platinum edition offers more advanced features than even those of AutoCAD, including sheet metal modeling. For those looking to use the software in the long term, BricsCAD also offers perpetual licenses for around double the price of an annual license, plus a small annual maintenance fee to keep your software updated.

DraftSight

Cost: Annual subscriptions from $250 (Professional) or $550 (Premium)

DraftSight is developed by the French company Dassault Systèmes, it provides an easy transition from AutoCAD by offering a familiar user interface. In fact, it shares a similar 2D drafting layer system that facilitates version control and revisions, and it also natively works with AutoCAD’s dynamic blocks. In addition, it can easily compare designs, add hardware symbols, and even append PDF files to the project file.

DraftSight Standard is no longer available since it merged with DraftSight Professional, and the Premium license includes all of the latter’s features and adds full 3D capabilities. Note that DraftSight Profesional does not include 3D modeling tools.

Key features: Familiar interface, dynamic blocks, image tracing

DWGSee CAD

Cost: One-Time Fee $198.00 USD

DWGSee CAD is a software application designed to view, edit, annotate, and manage DWG files. It’s developed by AutoDWG, allowing users to open and interact with DWG files without needing the full AutoCAD software.

DWGSee CAD provides functionalities such as viewing, editing, measuring, markup tools, layer management, and batch printing for DWG files. It’s particularly useful for users who need to review, modify, collaborate, and make annotations on CAD drawings but may not require the full range of design and drafting capabilities offered by AutoCAD.

The software is known for its user-friendly interface, ease of use, and compatibility with various versions of DWG files. DWGSee can be beneficial for professionals across industries such as architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing who need to view and analyze DWG files but don’t necessarily need to create or modify them extensively.

FreeCAD

Cost: Free

FreeCAD is an open-source CAD program best known for its parametric 3D modeling capabilities. Although not directly supported, DWG files can be easily imported and exported via the free ODA Converter plug-in. On the other hand, it does offer BIM support by default.

However, FreeCAD is more of a mechanical engineering tool, with its 2D drafting environment leaning toward technical drawings of parts and components. The parametric associative features automatically update drawings whenever a change is made to the 3D model.

FreeCAD can be extended through plug-ins, though, so it’s possible to shape it for the user’s needs. The software is completely free for any use.

Key features: Parametric 3D modeling tools, extendable with plug-ins

LibreCAD

Cost: Free

LibreCAD is a free, high-quality open-source 2D modeling program that grew out of QCAD. It’s particularly popular among Linux users who need a free tool to read DWG files. LibreCAD is resource-light and can operate on average hardware.

The interface is similar to AutoCAD’s but is rather uncluttered by comparison, presenting a friendlier alternative for the beginner user.

NanoCAD

Cost: annual subscriptions from $249

NanoCAD is a multi-purpose drafting tool developed by Nanosoft, it supports DWG files natively and offers a familiar layout and set of tools for AutoCAD users.

The software offers Excel-style table-editing tools, expediting documentation work by allowing macros and formulas to be embedded in each cell. NanoCAD also has open sets of APIs for building task automation applications, which can be a time saver.

Extra modules can be purchased to add parametric 3D modeling tools and a large library of standard parts, among many features.

Key features: Excel-style table editing

ProgeCAD

Cost: $400 for Professional version

ProgeCAD is yet another professional CAD program that works natively with DWG files and has a familiar user interface for AutoCAD users. It offers 3D modeling and fully supports BIM objects and dynamic blocks.

There are two primary versions available for Windows: ProgeCAD Professional and ProgeCAD Architecture. A third and somewhat different version is available for MacOS, the ICADMAC, which is general-purpose CAD software. All licenses are perpetual.

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Often, downloaded drawings or drawings sent by others will be prompted with a version too high when opened in AutoCAD.

At this time, we need to convert the drawings to a lower version before we can continue to use them in the current version of CAD.

Tip 1: Installing AutoCAD 2018 can open all current versions of CAD drawings

Tip 2: Because converting a drawing to an earlier release format may cause some data loss, we recommend that you assign a different file name to avoid overwriting the current drawing file.

The following are several ways to convert drawings. (Without Latest AutoCAD)

DWGSee DWG Viewer

The latest version of DWGSee can open all versions dwg files, open the dwg file and then click “Save as” button, give the new drawing file a name and from the drop down menu of the “Save as type”, select DWG or DXF format and the CAD version. Choose where you want to keep the new drawing file and click “OK”.

If you just need open dwg file, you can just use DWGSee Free DWG Viewer, there’s no need convert the drawing again.

AutoDWG DWG DXF Converter

With AutoDWG DWG DXF Converter, you may change versions of DWG and DXF both from low to high and high to low between AutoCAD R12 and Auto CAD 2024, it supports batch conversion.

DWG TrueView

Download and install the latest version of DWG TrueView (a free Autodesk file viewing software) and use the DWG Convert feature to convert the drawing.

  1. Create a copy of the drawing file to be converted.
  2. Launch DWG TrueView.
  3. Click the application menu in the upper-left and choose DWG Convert (or pick it on the ribbon if a file is open).
  1. Add the file(s) in the Files Tree list (click the green plus Add Files button).
  2. Choose the appropriate file format version.
  3. Click Convert.

Note: AutoCAD itself has the DWGCONVERT command for batch-converting files to older formats.

Free Online Conversions

Many Online Conversion Websites offer the free service to convert cad files to lower version, see following.

Free online conversion services usually have limitations on the number and size of files.

How to Identify the Drawing Version Quickly?

If you don’t want to purchase and install the latest version, how can you identify the drawing version to select the CAD version?

Firstly, we select the drawing, right click, select Open With, and select Notepad to open it, after opening it, we can see a bunch of messy codes. Just remember the AC1021 in front of it.

Then, by comparing the version format comparison table below, you can know the version of the drawing saved.

MC0.0 – DWG Release 1.1
AC1.2 – DWG Release 1.2
AC1.4 – DWG Release 1.4
AC1.50 – DWG Release 2.0
AC2.10 – DWG Release 2.10
AC1002 – DWG Release 2.5
AC1003 – DWG Release 2.6
AC1004 – DWG Release 9
AC1006 – DWG Release 10
AC1009 – DWG Release 11/12 (LT R1/R2)
AC1012 – DWG Release 13 (LT95)
AC1014 – DWG Release 14, 14.01 (LT97/LT98)
AC1015 – DWG AutoCAD 2000/2000i/2002
AC1018 – DWG AutoCAD 2004/2005/2006
AC1021 – DWG AutoCAD 2007/2008/2009
AC1024 – DWG AutoCAD 2010/2011/2012
AC1027 – DWG AutoCAD 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017
AC1032 – DWG AutoCAD 2018/2019/2020/2021/2022/2023

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What is a DGN File?

A DGN file, short for “Design,” is a file format used primarily in the field of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided drafting (CADD). DGN files are associated with Bentley Systems’ MicroStation software, which is a popular CAD program used for creating and managing 2D and 3D designs, especially in architectural, engineering, and construction industries.

File Format

DGN files are a type of vector-based file format that stores design and drafting data. They can contain 2D drawings, 3D models, geospatial data, and more.

Used by MicroStation

DGN files are the native file format of Bentley’s MicroStation software. MicroStation is used for creating detailed engineering and architectural designs, as well as infrastructure projects.

Complexity

DGN files can handle complex data, making them suitable for large and intricate design projects. They are known for their ability to manage parametric and associative relationships within the design data.

Interoperability

While DGN is a proprietary format associated with MicroStation, it also has support for other CAD formats, allowing interoperability with other CAD software through export and import functions.

2D and 3D Capabilities

DGN files can store both 2D and 3D design data, making them versatile for a wide range of applications.

Geospatial Information

DGN files can include geospatial data, which is valuable for projects that involve geographic information systems (GIS).

Complex Projects

DGN files are often used for complex projects in industries like civil engineering, architecture, and construction, where precise design and data management are critical.

While DGN files are primarily associated with MicroStation, they can be converted to other CAD file formats for compatibility with different software. This makes them a flexible choice for design and drafting projects that require collaboration with other professionals using various CAD tools.

DGN vs DWG

DGN is the file format for MicroStation drawings. MicroStation, a widely used CAD software system, was designed specifically for the DGN format. This format is tailored to efficiently store a range of design data, including geometry, text, and attributes. The DGN format offers an optimized data representation, making it particularly suitable for handling large-scale designs and complex models.

DWG is the file format for AutoCAD drawings. AutoCAD, a popular CAD software widely used in the fields of architecture, engineering, and manufacturing, is the backbone of the DWG format. This binary format can be converted to a DXF text file using AutoCAD’s internal converter, enabling data to be read and written. The DWG format’s strength lies in its versatility; it has become the standard format for 2D CAD, with numerous other CAD software packages also supporting this format.

In summary, both DGN and DWG serve as file formats for storing CAD data, each with its own unique advantages. Which format to choose depends on specific application needs and the CAD software system being used.

How to Open DGN File in AutoCAD?

AutoCAD can open DWG/DXF files, it can‘t open dgn file directly, but there are two options to use/view a DGN file in AutoCAD.

Importing a DGN file

  1. Open a DWG file.
  2. Enter DGNIMPORT at the command line or click Application menu Open DGN.
  3. Navigate to and select the DGN file.

Note: This will convert the DGN content and bring it into a DWG file.

Attaching a DGN file as an underlay

  1. Open a DWG file.
  2. Enter XATTACH at the command line or go to Insert tab > Reference > Attach.
  3. Navigate to and select the DGN file.

Note: This option keeps the DGN in its native format and attaches it to a DWG as a reference file.

How to Open DGN File Without AutoCAD?

Bentley View

You can use Bentley View as a free CAD viewer with capabilities to search for objects, measure distances and areas accurately, and print drawings to scale with full fidelity, on every desktop, for free. You can easily open DWG and open DXF designs with the same fidelity as the authoring software.

MicroStation

MicroStation is the computer-aided design (CAD) software that users worldwide trust for creating precise 2D and 3D drawings for infrastructure projects. Engineers, architects, and construction professionals openly collaborate to deliver inspiring projects, utilizing the industry leading DGN file format.

How to Convert a DGN File to a DWG File?

AutoDWG DGN to DWG Converter

AutoDWG DGN to DWG converter is a light but powerful converter to convert DGN file V7&V8 to AutoCAD DWG/DXF file.

  • Convert DGN to DWG/DXF.
  • Stand-alone application, run without AutoCAD or MicroStation.
  • Support AutoCAD DWG/DXF format from R14 to 2024.

AutoCAD Import DGN

You can import data from V7 DGN and V8 DGN files into AutoCAD and save the data to DWG files.

The import process translates basic DGN data into the corresponding DWG file data and specialized data as a best fit. There are several translation options to determine how certain data such as text elements and external references are handled. You can manipulate text elements and external references, and select the conversion units based on DGN unit settings.

Note: You can import all DGN files, even those that don’t have a .dgn extension.

MicroStation Save As

  • Open the DGN file in MicroStation using File > Open
  • From Menu bar, Choose File > Save As.
  • Use [Save as type:] drop down and change to: Autodesk DWG Files (*.DWG)
  • Click [Options] and change desired settings.
  • Once desired settings are set, click OK and then Save. Press OK again if prompted.

How to Batch Convert DGN files to DWG Files?

AutoDWG DGN to DWG Converter Pro

DGN to DWG converter Pro version is a light but powerful converter to batch convert DGN files V7&V8 to AutoCAD DWG/DXF files.

  • Stand-alone application, run without AutoCAD or MicroStation.
  • Support AutoCAD DWG/DXF format from R14 to 2024.
  • Batch convert DGN to DWG/DXF.
  • Support command line.

How to Convert a DWG File to a DGN File?

AutoCAD Export

You can export DWG files to the V7 DGN and V8 DGN drawing file formats.

The export process translates basic DWG file data into the corresponding DGN file data, and specialized data as a best fit. There are several translation options to determine how data is translated during the export process.

  1. Click Application menu>Export>DGN.  
  2. In the Export Data dialog box, in the Files of type box, select V8 DGN (*.dgn) or V7 DGN (*.dgn).
  3. Specify the name of the DGN file at File Name. Do not use accented or Asian characters.
  4. Click Save.
  5. In the Export DGN Settings dialog box, specify the desired export options.
  6. Click OK.

The export process uses a standard mapping translation by default, which maps DWG-format layers, linetypes, lineweights, and colors to DGN-format levels, linestyles, lineweights, and colors. If necessary, you can change the mappings to match your company CAD standards. You can edit the mappings with the DGNMAPPING command.

MicroStation Save As

  1. Open the DWG file
  2. Under the “File” menu section select “Export” change the “Save as Type” to “Microstation V8 DGN Files”
  3. Click the “Options” button; adjust settings to the following
  4. Click “OK” to except the settings; then click the “Save” button

DWG/DGN Conversion Table

The following table lists the DGN objects and features that are supported for export, and notes on the scope of the translation.

DWG/DGN Conversion Table
AutoCADMicroStationNotes
Geometric ObjectsGeometric ElementsThe following DWG objects are translated into DGN elements: line, xline, ray, polyline, arc, circle, spline (NURBS), ellipse, elliptical arc, point, donut, mline, hatch (including gradient fills), and wipeout. Variable width polylines maintain only their starting width when translated into SmartLines.
LayersLevelsInvalid DWG characters in layer names are converted to spaces.
ColorsColorsColors are matched as closely as possible. Colors set with the ACI (AutoCAD Color Index) are translated directly to the DGN color index. If TrueColor is used and a direct match of RGB values is available in the DGN color index, the colors are also mapped directly. If a TrueColor match is not available, an RGB value is added to the DGN color index.
LinetypesLine StylesCustom linetypes are unsupported and could produce unexpected results.
BlocksCellsBlocks are exported as shared cells. Dynamic blocks are also exported as cells and lose their dynamic behavior. Invisible, Constant, Verify, and Preset attributes are all converted into tags.
Single-line Text Objects, Multiline Text Objects, Text StylesText, Text Nodes, Text StylesThe visual integrity of multiline text is maintained. However, if exported multiline text objects are edited in MicroStation, the formatting is lost.TrueType and SHX fonts in AutoCAD are exported to MicroStation V7 as Engineering. This can result in many visual differences.
TablesTablesTable objects are exported as cell elements composed of lines and text.
FieldsFieldsIn general, fields are translated as static text. The exceptions are fields that behave identically in both products. This includes the Date fields CreateDateSaveDate, and PlotDate, and the Document property fields AuthorFilename, and Filesize.Note:Use the MicroStation Key-in utility to update text containing fields (field update all).
Dimensions, Dimension StylesDimensions, Dimension StylesThe size, spacing, style, and shape of dimensions may vary slightly. Dimension associativity is maintained whenever possible, and the correct dimension values are always maintained.
Raster ImagesRaster ImagesThese image file types are supported: .bmp, .cal, .tif, .png, .tga, .jpg.gif.rlc.bil, and .pcx. All other image file types are discarded.
DWG ReferencesDGN ReferencesDepending on the export option specified, all referenced DWG files, including nested DWG references, are either converted into DGN files, combined into a single DGN file as cells, or discarded.Note:MicroStation V7 does not support nested references to references that are merged into the host file.
DWG ModelDGN Design ModelThe model in a DWG file is converted into a DGN file.
DWG LayoutDGN Sheet ModelWhen exporting to V8, any initialized layouts are converted into sheet models in the DGN file.V7 only supports one model. For V7, several DGN files can be exported: one for the model and the other DGN files for any initialized layouts in the DWG file. The layout names get appended to the exported DGN file <filename> – Layout1.dgn.
AEC Objects AEC objects are not supported. Use the EXPORTTOAUTOCAD command to convert AEC objects to basic AutoCAD objects before exporting to DGN.

What are the Limitations of Import DGN in AutoCAD?

The import process handles DGN objects and properties that have a direct correlation to DWG objects and properties without any issues. For example, levels in MicroStation translate directly to AutoCAD layers. However, DGN objects and properties that have no direct correlation to DWG objects and properties may not translate completely. The following are known limitations resulting from this issue.

  • Data with built-in features or variations are visually approximated. For example, text and dimensions with specialized formatting, and color definitions might be customized.
  • Entities in the DGN file that have a color property set for a symbol lose the symbol color when imported as a block.
  • Linetypes associated with multilines do not display.
  • Entities with DGN line styles in nonuniformly scaled blocks may look different to how they appear in MicroStation.
  • Line style modifier settings of an element in the DGN file are lost when exporting them from AutoCAD back to MicroStation.
  • The Closed property of a DGN polygon or closed polyline changes to No during import.
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There are many ways in which you can count objects, or blocks, in AutoCAD.

Select Similar

The first method is to use the Select Similar command. There are multiple ways to access this command, but the easiest is to simply select a block in the drawing that you want to count, right-click, and choose Select Similar from the context menu.
You can then use the Properties palette to count the blocks that have been selected.

Note: Only objects of the same type (lines, circles, polylines, etc.) are considered similar. You can change other shared properties with the SELECTSIMILAR command, using the se (Settings) option. If you want to select different types of objects that share properties like color or line type, use Quick Select.

Quick Select

Use Quick Select to count specified objects in your drawing.

  1. Right-click in the drawing area, and choose Quick Select.
  2. In the Object Type list, select the type of object you want to count.
  3. Optionally, filter objects by setting a property, operator, and value for the type of objects you want to count.
  4. Click OK.

The number of objects displays at the Command prompt.

Count (What’s new in AutoCAD 2020)

Quickly and accurately count the instances of objects in a drawing. You can insert a table with the count data into the current drawing.

The Count feature offers visual count results and more control over the count criteria. Specify a single block or object in the model space to count its instances. You can also use the Count palette to display and manage the counted blocks in the current drawing.

When you’re in an active count, the Count toolbar displays at the top of the drawing area. The Count toolbar includes the number of objects and issues, along with other controls to manage the counted objects.

Commands for Counting Objects

These commands and system variables are used to count objects in the drawing.

Commands

  • COUNT (Command)
  • COUNTCLOSE (Command)
  • COUNTFIELD (Command)
  • COUNTLIST (Command)
  • COUNTLISTCLOSE (Command)
  • COUNTNAVNEXT (Command)
  • COUNTNAVPREV (Command)
  • COUNTTABLE (Command)

System Variables

  • COUNTCHECK (System Variable)
  • COUNTCOLOR (System Variable)
  • COUNTERRORCOLOR (System Variable)
  • COUNTERRORNUM (System Variable)
  • COUNTNUMBER (System Variable)
  • COUNTPALETTESTATE (System Variable)
  • COUNTSERVICE (System Variable)

See also:

How to Count the Circle in DWGSee CAD?

How to use block statistics table in DWGSee CAD? (Count Blocks)

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