Say that you have a default rectangle viewport already set – you have the scale set and dimensions and the multileaders points to objects in your viewport. But then you want to trim some of the objects out of the viewport that are cluttering up what you are trying to present. You could erase everything and create a viewport out of the desired shape and then have to place the dimensions again… or you could use this handy tool VPCLIP. By using the VPCLIP tool. you can easily keep the scale and position of an existing viewport thus keeping the placement of dimensions and multileaders and lets you either select an existing object to be the new frame of the viewport or define a new one by picking points (like making a polyline).
- While in Paper space, use the command VPCLIP <enter>
- (AutoCAD 2013) This tool is found on the “Layout” tab of the ribbon > “Viewport Layout” panel > “Clip” button
- (Earlier versions) This tool is found on the “View” tab of the ribbon > “Viewports” panel > “Clip” tool.
- Select the viewport > right-click > select “viewport clip”
Shown below is an example using an existing closed shape to redefine the viewport:
Shown below is an example of picking points to define a closed object (like a polyline):