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    By John Flanagan 

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    Introduction

    When an xref is inserted in an AutoCAD drawing the colours appear faded. It looks like it is in a permanent "half-tone" mode but it is not. This allows for visual recognition of line work and a distinction between an xref and objects drawn in the project. 

    Fig 1: An Xref before and after placement.

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    To control the intensity of the fade, or remove the fading, use the following steps:

    1. In AutoCAD, open the OPTIONS dialogue box.
    2. Choose the DISPLAY tab.
    3. Located at the bottom-right of the dialogue box, there is a section called "Fade Control".
    4. Adjust the slide bar labelled "Xref display" to control the intensity of the Xref fade.

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    Tip: Type op and press enter to access the Options Dialogue box quickly.