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Trouble saving/finding blocks


I can't seem to find blocks that I have created.
Let's say that I have a drawing and decide to create a block from some existing
geometry. I click on the blue "Block" at the upper right. It asks me to select
the elements, select the origin, then give it a name. So far, so good.
After I save and close that drawing, I can't find the block that I just created.
I even did a Windows search and it can't be found. (I'm looking in My Documents).
I guess I don't understand the block library structure.
I probably will never create more than a few blocks. What would be the best way
to find and keep track of them?
Thanks.
Sam
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Re: Trouble saving/finding blocks

Blocks can only exist inside a Draft (.dft) file. When you create a block
it is stored by default inside of the file you created it in. You have the
ability to drag or paste a block into a folder using the Library docking
window which will create a Draft file called "Symbol1.dft" (the "1" may be
any other number dependent on if others already exist with that name).
Proper usage would be to create a "Block Library" by adding all blocks to a
single Draft file (using cut/copy and paste) that should be logically
grouped together.
Hope this helps.
--
Ken
http://grundey.blogspot.com

"Sam Hoskins" wrote in message
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>
> I can't seem to find blocks that I have created.
>
> Let's say that I have a drawing and decide to create a block from some
> existing
> geometry. I click on the blue "Block" at the upper right. It asks me to
> select
> the elements, select the origin, then give it a name. So far, so good.
>
> After I save and close that drawing, I can't find the block that I just
> created.
> I even did a Windows search and it can't be found. (I'm looking in My
> Documents).
> I guess I don't understand the block library structure.
>
> I probably will never create more than a few blocks. What would be the
> best way
> to find and keep track of them?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Sam


Re: Trouble saving/finding blocks

Sam,
In addition to this, you can create a draft file that contains many blocks
for reuse. Simply create multiple blocks in a single draft file.
To access the blocks in that file do the following.
1. Click on the Library tab in EdgeBar.
2. Make sure the Show Blocks button is down.
3. Navigate to the folder in which you created the draft file with the
blocks.
4. Click on the draft file.
5. That file will display in the block list below. You will see Active
Document also.
6. Click on the + in front of the draft file with the blocks to display
them.
7. Drag and drrop a block into your drawing. This copies a block from the
draft file with the blocks into your active document.
Regards,
Rick B.