Xref Tools Extra

Xref Tools Extra

Win32 and 64, English

Richard Stima
Extra tools for Xref such as open Xref read-only, Match view and layer properties between the drawings or viewports, disable Xref to be snappable or selectable, reset Xref layer and more.

General Usage Instructions

If you are frequent user of Xref’s these tools can help you to synchronize layers display of Xref, synchronize zoom between the drawings and have better control of individual inserted Xref.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Command will search in selected master drawings and indicates whether chosen file is referenced/inserted into these master drawings.


Similar as command _SAVEVIEW but view definition is transformed by Xref geometry (Insertion point, Scale and Rotation). After view is saved run command _RESTOREVIEW in Xref-source drawing to apply view boundary. Note: This command does not save LayerState.


Command applies saved definition of view boundary. The view boundary must be saved first by command _SAVEVIEW.


Command opens selected Xref. User has following options: Open as Read-only; Open as another Read-only drawing if file is already opened; Keep Master drawing as active document; Apply View boundary as set in Master drawing; Apply Layer properties as set in Master drawing. Option Transform view can be used if Xref is not inserted in 0,0,0 or is scaled or is rotated.


Command restores saved layer state. The layer state must be saved first by command _SAVEVIEW. Command compares Xrefs saved in layer state with Xrefs in current drawing either by Path or by Name and displays list of matching Xrefs. If current drawing is the parent drawing of one of the saved Xref layer state user will be notified.


Command resets Xref layer properties as per Xref source drawing. User can choose which layer to reset and which layer properties (On, Freeze, Lock, Color, Linetype and Lineweight).


Command saves definition of view (view boundary, rotation of view) and layer state of all layers included Xref’s. If command is ran within the viewport then viewport layer overrides are saved as well. Once view is saved in memory the user can use command _RESTOREVIEW to restore view boundary or _RESTORELAYERSTATE to restore Layer State in the same drawing (say in different viewport) or in different drawing.


Open 'External Reference Instances' window. Window displays list of Xref instances inserted in drawing with their geometrical properties. Nested Xref are not displayed. You can also temporary control Xref Show, Snappable and Selectable property. Note: 'Show' is not the same as native 'Unload/Reload' command. This controls only temporary visibility of Xref instances.


Creating the layer group in Layer Manager named 'TmpGroup[RS]' for the layers of selected objects. Object selection has 'Block Selection' options. Block: Add the layers of selected objects. If a selected object is nested in a block, the layer containing that block is added. If a selected object is nested in an xref, the layer of the object is added. Entity: Add the layers of selected objects even if they are nested in an Xref or a block. None: Add the layers of selected objects. If a block or an Xref is selected, the layer containing that block or Xref is added.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Known Issues

Command XREFI has option for Xref: Show, Snappable and Selectable control.

This control is to switch for entire Autodesk® AutoCAD® session, not only for current drawing.


Company Name: Richard Stima
Support Contact: richard_stima@hotmail.com

Author/Company Information

Richard Stima

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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added 2024 support


No change in version. Added support of AutoCAD® 2016


Compactible with AutoCAD® vertical products.

Bug fixed for RFEFI command when Xref is modified with one of AutoCAD vertical.


Initial Release

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