Have you ever forget to change current layer when drawing your objects? You will need to move several objects to another layer. In this tutorial, we will see several ways to do it.
This is quite a basic knowledge of 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.
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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 a new layer.
If you don’t select object, this action will change current layer.
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Similar to above method, you can select the layer on properties palette. Press [ctrl] +  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 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 a layer from the list, you can select an 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 a reference.
There is match properties tool that can match every property that possible. And you can set it to match selective properties only, such as a 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 another way to move objects to another layer? Share with us!