Copy, Re-order, and Rename Layout tabs

Here is a quick tip. After you have your layout setup the way that you want, as in the previous post, you can simply copy the layout tab and modify the viewport and text accordingly. This will save you a ton of time instead of going through the Layout Wizard process, inserting a title-block, filling in needed text….

To do this:
(The following steps follow the animated picture in this post)

  • Right click the Layout tab, click “Copy or Move…” from the right click menu.
  • When the “Move or Copy” dialog box opens, click the check-box in the lower left in order to make the copy.
  • Click “OK”

To move the new tab (to re-order):

  • Left-click and hold the mouse over the tab that you want to move.
  • Drag the tab to the new position and release the mouse.

To Rename the Layout tab:

  • Right click over the tab be renamed.
  • Select “Rename” from the right click menu.
  • Type the new name for the Layout tab. When you are done typing, click outside of the tab.

About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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8 Responses to Copy, Re-order, and Rename Layout tabs

  1. Pingback: Easily Move or Copy Layout Tabs | AutoCAD Tips

  2. Justin Kay says:

    Any way to automate this? I’d love to do it using basic scripting. I’m sure AutoLISP and VBA would make short work of this, but I am looking for a way to do it with AutoCAD LT.

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      To rename a layout the RENAME command, as you know, is useless for this task. However, you can use the LAYOUT command and then the “Rename” option. However, you will need to specify the existing layout’s name and then feed it the name that you would like the layout to be named.
      The examples below rename “Layout1” to “Greg”
      In script form:

      In Macro form:

      Hope that helps

  3. James says:

    How would you rename a layout tab with the new 2014 File Tabs? The default workspace has the file tabs that were on the bottom of our screen turned off. Please don’t tell me I have to turn them back on to rename a layout. There has to be an easier way? I tired hovering over the file tab, then tried to right click on the layout, nothing happens.

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Try the command LAYOUT
      There are a few sub-options available. One of which is “Rename”
      You will need to specify the current layout tab’s name that you want renamed (or hit enter to accept the first one it finds – might be Layout1) and then enter the new name.
      For example:
      Old Name
      New Name

      I hope that helps

  4. Rob says:

    When I creat a new layout using the duplicate function, I cannot edit a single layout without it changing all layouts. How do I turn off the linking? I’m not using blocks, just single lines. Is this a mac thing, as I’ve just changed, and never had this happen before?

  5. Linu Alex says:

    Once I used the move 7 copy, & renamed it. whatever i changed in the new one is affecting the old. I mean any changes are reflected in both layout… Hoe to solve this?

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