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    By Martin Phelps

    Once a hatch pattern has been added to a drawing, its properties including “Scale”, “Layer”, “Colour” and “Rotation” can be painted across to an existing pattern within the same drawing, using the “Match Properties” command located in the “Home” tab of the ribbon menu, as shown in Figure 1.

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    However, if an area requires hatching and is not currently hatched, the “Match Properties” properties command will not paint the properties of the selected “Hatch” to an empty space.

    So, to overcome this use the hatch “Match Properties” command in the context sensitive “Hatch Creation” tab, as shown in Figure 2.

    AutoCAD_-_Creating_Hatch_from_Existing_Hatched_Area_-_2.JPG

    This command is also located at the bottom of the “Hatch” dialogue box as shown in Figure 3.

    AutoCAD_-_Creating_Hatch_from_Existing_Hatched_Area_-_3.JPG

    This function will use the properties of the selected hatch and providing the area to be hatched has a closed boundary it will hatch the area using the selected properties.