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Chapter 16. Drawing Hatch Patterns > Customizing Hatch Patterns

Customizing Hatch Patterns

It is possible to add new patterns to the ones supplied with AutoCAD. You can add these new patterns (called custom hatch patterns) to the file ACAD.PAT (or ACADISO.PAT for metric patterns), or you can define each new pattern and assign it to its own .PAT file. ACAD.PAT and ACADISO.PAT are found in the \ACADR15\SUPPORT folder of a standard AutoCAD installation. If you choose to store each custom pattern in its own .PAT file, the file must have the same name as the pattern. The new custom pattern files should be placed in one of the directories/folders defined in your installation’s support file search path (see the OPTIONS command). Because hatch pattern files are ASCII files, a text editor is all you need to create these custom pattern files and to add them to the ACAD.PAT file.

Note

If you choose to add custom hatch patterns to the ACAD.PAT file, you should first make a backup copy of this file. This will allow you to revert to a functional file should ACAD.PAT become corrupted. Creating a folder under your \AutoCAD 2002 installation called SAFE, for example, provides a convenient place to locate such backup files.



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