Why some objects appear in model space but not in paper space?

When viewing a layout in AutoCAD, some or all elements shown in model space do not display within the viewport in paper space.

Model space
Paper space Viewport– missing some elements

Following are the steps to check the issue and display the missed objects.

Check the object color is same as background color

  1. Select the objects in model space.
  2. In the Properties palette, look at the color.
  3. If it is close to or the same as the background display of the layout (thus not showing), change it. Note: For linework viewed as white in model space, the color “White” (rather than 255) will display white on dark backgrounds or black on light backgrounds in the software, and will print black. 

Check if the object is annotative object

  1. Select the objects in model space.
  2. In the Properties palette, check if Annotative is set to Yes.

Adjust or remove annotation scale

If the object is annotative, do one of the following:

  • In paper space, select the viewport and change its scale to match that of the annotative object.
  • In model space, select the object and add the viewport scale to the annotative scale list.
  • In model space, set Annotation to No for the affected objects.

In model space or in a layout viewport in paper space, you can display only the annotative objects that support the current annotation scale, or you can display all the annotative objects.

If you display all the annotative objects, those that do not support the current annotation scale are displayed using the annotation scale in which they were created.

Check to see if Annotation Display is turned Off

In paper space, do either of the following:

  • Enter ANNOALLVISIBLE on the command line and set it to 1 to have all annotative objects display.
  • Turn on Annotation display from the Status Bar (bottom-right of the drawing window).

DWGSee CAD 2025 supports ANNOALLVISIBLE in the command line, you may set it to 1 to display all annotative objects.

What Are Annotative Objects?

Annotative objects are annotation with one or more representations at different scales, and not separate annotation objects of which you change their height/scale or freeze/thaw their assigned layer to control final size and visibility within a viewport.

The following annotation objects can be annotative:

  • Hatch
  • Multiline and single-line text objects and text styles
  • Dimensions and dimension styles
  • Geometric tolerances
  • Multileaders and multileader styles
  • Blocks and attribute definitions

Note: Table objects and styles are not supported as annotative objects.

Here is an example of a model using annotative objects with two different scales; 1/4″=1′-0″ and 1/2″=1′-0″.

When the model is displayed in a viewport, the scale of the viewport controls which representation of the annotative object is displayed. If the scale of a viewport doesn’t match that of the annotative objects in the viewport, then those annotative objects are not displayed.

In the previous image, text, dimension and multileader objects are assigned the scales 1/4”=1′-0” and 1/2”=1′-0”. This is why not all annotation is displayed at the same time or in a viewport altogether; the first two viewports are assigned scales that match those of the annotative objects while the third viewport has a different scale.

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