3 ways to move AutoCAD objects to other layer

Have you ever forget to change current layer when drawing your objects? You will need to move several objects to other layer. In this tutorial, we will see several ways to do it.

This is quite a basic knowledge to AutoCAD, but I see that this question is frequently asked. So let’s explore all tools that can do this, probably experienced users may find other tools more convenient.

Let’s see the options.

Using layer list dropdown or properties palette

This is the common way we do. At least for old school AutoCAD users like me.

First, select objects you want to move to other layers.

On AutoCAD ribbon, layer panel, click the layer list dropdown. Select new layer to move the objects to new layer.

If you don’t select object, this action will change current layer.


Similar to above method, you can select layer on properties palette. Press [ctrl] + [1] to open properties palette.


If this doesn’t work, you need to check PICKFIRST system variable like described here.

Change to current layer

Before using this tool, change current layer to the a layer you want.

Activate change to current layer then select objects you want to move. Press [enter] after you finish object selection.

You need to expand layer panel to find this tool.


For AutoCAD command line junkie, you can type LAYCUR to activate this tool.

Using match layer tool

I use this tool frequently. Instead of selecting layer from the list, you can select object. Your object will be moved to the same layer as referenced object.


After you activate this tool, select objects that you want to move. After you finish with the selection, press [enter]. Select an object on a layer you want as reference.

There is match properties tool that can match every properties that possible. And you can set it to match selective properties only, such as layer. But if you only want to match layer, this is a better tool.

For command line junkie, type LAYMCH to activate this tool.

Which is your favorite method?

So which one is your favorite method? Do you have other way to move objects to another layer? Share with us!

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  1. ro0thead says

    Being self taught, I have big gaps in my skills and this was one of them. Get in a hurry and forget to change layers and have to clean things up later. Tried all three methods and they worked fine with CAD 2014. Thanks for the clear and simple text with supporting graphics.

  2. says

    This is a very big bug. Color change of an object clearly does not work properly or reliably.
    The three ways to change an object to a layer, and none work. Even the tutorial reads like try this or try that if it doesn’t work, there is no clear approach that works. Why is ACAD not fixing obvious bugs.
    Clearly if you select an object, you should be able to assign it to the current layer in the Layer Manager.
    Yet the three ways make it seem like rocket science to do the simplist task. Fix the darn software so it works.
    The difficult stuff should not involve copying an object to a layer. I am using acad 2007 lt.
    This is not because I am a beginner this is because the software is not working.

  3. Jaime says

    I have read your tutorial and find it does not explain enough to use layers, or even know how layers work. Following your instruction, objects were selected, but they just disappear and reappear randomly.

    You are obviously operating with a lot of hidden assumptions, i.e., making a series of probably-true statements about layers, but falsely assuming that the reader knows as much as you do and can fill in all the info that you are not explaining.

    I have no clue how to assign object to layers and have the layers I want displaying.

    There is a light bulb, on the left of the tab, that offers a window that says "Turns a layer on or off", but I never know if it is on or off, or how to turn it on or off. A series of almost random true statements does not explain the subject. The more I read the more confused I get.

    Part of the problem is that AutoCAD is terrible and unintuitive software,that has been modified millions of times at the margin and not rewritten from scratch periodically.

    • Peppermint Tea says

      Yay! I am glad I am not alone in finding autocad unintuitive, and wishing this explanation was a LOT more detailed, and was filling in all the seemingly-obvious steps that to a raw beginner are not obvious at all.