Creating section-elevation lines


Tool set

Section-Elevation Line


The Section-Elevation Line tool creates an object that serves as a reference line graphic for vertical sections and elevations, or as a cutting plane graphic.

In Design Suite products, a section line can be linked to a section viewport. If the line was used to create the section viewport it's linked to, it also "defines" the viewport, which means that moving or reshaping the section line can affect the viewport. Section-elevation lines also have the following functionality.

Create a section viewport from an unlinked section-elevation line.

Link a section-elevation line to an existing viewport, for annotation purposes.

Sync the line’s drawing title, drawing number, and sheet number with the linked viewport.

To create a section-elevation line:

Click the tool.

Do one of the following:

Click Style on the Tool bar to select a resource from the Resource Selector.

Click Preferences to open the object properties dialog box and specify the tool’s default parameters.

The parameters can be edited later from the Object Info palette.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.




Replace the current style with one from the Resource Selector, or use the unstyled option

Hide style parameters

Hides the parameters that are set by style; these cannot be edited from the properties dialog box or Object Info palette

Linked Viewport

(Design Suite required)

Specifies which viewport the section-elevation line is linked to.

If a viewport is displayed here but it cannot be edited, this marker also defines the viewport. See Editing section-elevation lines for details about how to move or reshape the marker without affecting the viewport.

If a viewport is displayed and editable, this marker is linked to the viewport but doesn't define it.

Unlinked markers display <None>, and a red link icon is displayed next to the marker on the drawing (the icon does not print).

If you delete a linked viewport, you can specify whether to delete linked markers or leave the unlinked markers in place.


(Design Suite required)

For a line linked to a viewport, automatically displays the Drawing Title, Drawing Number, and Sheet Number of the viewport in the line’s marker. If the line defines a section viewport, deselect to enter this information manually.

Drawing Title/ Drawing Number/ Sheet Number

Identifies the item the line references. If the line is not linked to a viewport, or if Auto-coordinate is deselected, enter the information manually. Otherwise, the information from the linked viewport is used.


Optional text that can be displayed in the marker layout


Section: Draws a section marker at both ends of a straight or broken section line

Partial Section: Draws a section marker at the beginning of a straight or broken section line

Elevation: Draws a section marker along a straight section line at a control point, which can be dragged to a new location

Auto-rotate markers for readability

Automatically rotates a marker by 180 degrees when its angle is less than or equal to -90 or 90 degrees

Marker Scale Factor

Scales the marker larger or smaller by the factor specified

Use gapped line

For Section and Partial Section configurations, creates a break in the line

Gap Line Length

If Use gapped line is selected, specifies the length of the solid section line at each end of the section line

Click to place one end of the section-elevation line. To insert a multi-segment line, click again to define each segment. Double-click at the end point to finish the section-elevation line.

Editing section-elevation lines

Once a section-elevation line is in the drawing, you can use the Selection or Reshape tool to edit the shape of the line object. The following additional options are available on the Object Info palette when editing section-elevation lines.



Style list options

Replace: Applies a different style to this object

Convert to Unstyled: Allows you to modify the settings and marker layout for this object only

Edit Style: Allows you to modify the settings and marker layout for all objects in the drawing that use the current style

See Creating styles for markers and drawing labels for details.

Create Section Viewport

(Design Suite required)

For a marker that is not already linked to a viewport, opens a dialog box to create a vertical section viewport (see Creating a vertical section viewport)

Navigate to Viewport

(Design Suite required)

For a marker that is linked to a viewport, navigates to the viewport

Reverse Direction

Reverses the marker arrow direction; for a section viewport that is defined by the line, also reverses the view when objects beyond the section plane are visible

Edit Marker Layout

(unstyled markers)

Opens an editing window to change the geometry and text in the marker; see Creating styles for markers and drawing labels

Use different end marker

If the line Configuration is set to Section, specifies that the marker defined in the end marker layout will be used for one end of the section-elevation line

Edit End Marker Layout

If Use different end marker is selected, opens an editing window to create or edit a marker for the end of the section-elevation line; see Creating styles for markers and drawing labels

If the marker defines a viewport (Design Suite required), moving or reshaping the marker can affect the viewport. To edit the marker but avoid viewport changes, select Edit > Cut to cut the existing marker, and then select Edit > Paste In Place to paste a new linked marker into the drawing. The new marker doesn't define the viewport, so you can edit the marker as needed.

Creating a vertical section viewport


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