Win32 and 64, English

Autodesk Inc.
The XrefStates plugin can be used to simplify the use of multiple Externally Referenced drawings inside AutoCAD®.

General Usage Instructions

This plug-in allows you to store "Xref States" - similar in nature to Layer States - which contain information on the various Xrefs in the drawing: whether each is loaded or unloaded. The Xref States get stored within the drawing and so can be used in future editing sessions. For either the XRS or -XRS command to do something useful, the current drawing must contain one or more external references, otherwise a message ("No external references found.") will be printed to the command-line.

The XRS command launches the main application dialog which manages the creation, deletion and restoration of Xref States in the current drawing. The "New" button can be used to save the state of the Xrefs in the current drawing, providing a name and a description to help with later identification. The "Delete" button deletes a previously saved Xref State. The "Restore" button will take the selected Xref State and apply its settings to the various Xrefs in the current drawing. The "Close" button will close the main dialog. The -XRS starts a command-line version of the XRS command: Enter an option [?/Save/Delete/Restore] : Selecting "?" will list the existing Xref States matching a pattern: Enter Xref State name(s) to list <*>: Selecting "Save" will prompt for the information required to create a new Xref State and will then do so: New Xref State name: Enter a new description: Selecting "Delete" will delete a named Xref State: Name of Xref State to delete: Selecting "Restore" will restore a named Xref State: Name of Xref State to restore:




The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from AutoCAD App Store has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart AutoCAD to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, simply rerun the installer by downloading it again from Autodesk App Store, and select the 'Uninstall' button, or you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features' (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system. The panel on the Plug-ins tab will not be removed until AutoCAD is restarted.

Additional Information

This plug-in was written by Glenn Ryan and edited by Kean Walmsley for posting on his blog. It became a Plugin of the Month on Autodesk® Labs. ADN Plugins of the Month are provided with full source code that has been installed with this plug-in. While the code is not needed to make use of the plug-in, it will be useful should you want to understand how the plug-in works or to extend its functionality to meet your specific needs. Many thanks to Glenn Ryan for generously providing this very useful plug-in.

Known Issues



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Autodesk Inc.

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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added support to AutoCAD 2018 (No change in version number)
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