What a beautiful weekend we had in California - and it's been so nice spending a little time at home this summer! I'm hanging out in my room with my cat by my side after enjoying a nice afternoon brunch in the wine country. So what better way to end the day but to throw another quick tip your way?
We all know what it's like to have that pesky layer that refuses to purge. We turn off all the other layers and zoom around trying to find something on the militant layer but alas there is nothing to be found! So why won't it let you delete it? There are many possible reasons.
The brilliant Bill Fane once sent me an email with an entire page full of possible reasons why a layer won't delete. It could be that the layer is referenced in a block definition, used for dimensioning at one time, or something as frustrating as someone placed a text string comprised of just a "space" on the layer (hopefully I didn't give anyone any ideas there!). I don't suppose we really care why the layer won't delete - we just want to remove it from our CAD life! So here is the magical solution:
The awesome Express Tool LAYDEL will come to your rescue. Of course you've installed the Express Tools - you'll find Delete Layer under the Layer sub-menu of the Express Tools. This command does not care what is on the layer - it is happy to vanish it into oblivion. Even if that layer is referenced in a block definition, LAYDEL is smart enough to open that block definition, remove the layer from the block, and then delete the layer - now that is power! But remember...where there is power - there is Danger! So be careful what you ask for...Since the layer doesn't have to be empty to be removed with LAYDEL - your drawing could definitely incur some damage if you aren't paying attention.
So there's your Quick Tip - Don't forget you can all sign up for Autodesk University on Tuesday - get your credit cards ready! The Early Bird gets the best classes...for sure! (a little California speak for you there)