Add Objects to Block Using Edit Block In Place

If you were wondering, Yes there is a LISP routine to accomplish the same thing found [here] by Lee-Mac. But here is how you can do the same thing using the “Edit Block In-Place” option of editing blocks.

Sometimes it is nice to be able to draw objects  that will eventually be added to a block without having to draw them in the block editor. Shown below, there is a circle and line (green) that needs to be added to the block (cyan).

1 Block & Objects to be added


Here’s how:

Edit Block In Place

Here are the steps to add these objects to the block.

  • Select the Block
  • Right Click
  • Choose “Edit Block In-Place”

Note – if this option is greyed out then set the variable BLOCKEDITLOCK to <0> zero

2 Select Edit Block In Place


Verify the Block from the list and click OK.

Notice that editing a block in-place is using the REFEDIT command…

3 Select Block from List


Shown below is what the Block and its surrounding objects look like. The Block’s objects are shown normal while the surrounding objects are dimmed.

Once in the REFEDIT command, you can use the command REFSET which has an “Add” & “Remove” option. These options are easily accessible from the ribbon, Simply select the corresponding button to add or remove objects.



Once objects are added to he block, they are no longer faded.

5 Added objects appear brightOnce you are done adding or removing objects you can save these changes or discard them by using the buttons in the ribbon shown below.

6 Save or Discard Changes

You will be asked to verify the changes – Click OK

7 Verify changes


Now your edits have been saved you can see them in your block.


8 Objects have been added to block



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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2 Responses to Add Objects to Block Using Edit Block In Place

  1. ansufw says:

    thanks.. nice tips

  2. Mrs Izzat says:

    great. thanks alot!

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