Cross-reference settings are supported at the project, drawing, and component level.
Project Cross-Reference Settings
Settings are maintained inside of the project definition file (.wdp). Once settings are created for the project, AutoCAD Electrical applies those settings to new, existing, and copied drawings inside of the project. Ultimately, cross-reference settings are written to the WD_M block of the drawing file to use during normal operations.
Drawing Cross-Reference Settings
Settings are maintained on the WD_M block of the drawing. When the cross-reference command is run, AutoCAD Electrical uses the drawing settings to determine the cross-reference types. During program runtime, the cross-reference command looks at the WD_M block as the definition for all referencing on the drawing.
Component Cross-Reference Settings
Settings are maintained at the component to override the drawing's WD_M block settings of the drawing. During program runtime, the cross-reference command first looks to the component definition before the WD_M block as the definition for referencing the component on the drawing.
During normal operation of cross-referencing commands, AutoCAD Electrical looks to the component for its settings information before using the drawing settings. If the component has settings defined, they are used. If there are both component and drawing cross-reference settings on the same drawing, the component settings are used where applied and the drawing settings are used for the rest of the components.
Cross-reference settings are supported at the project, drawing, and component level. Changes you make to the settings are automatically updated in real time.
To set display settings for a specific component that are different from the drawing, use the Copy/Add Component Override tool.
The Preview box shows an image that shows an example of the cross-referencing format being defined.
To set the table title:
If you selected to use the Table Format style, the table location is based on the cross reference attribute position. You can move the table to any location on the drawing and the table remains in the new position for that symbol.
You can define components to have different cross-referencing styles. The settings specified using this tool override the drawing properties. Component overrides are copied when the component is copied; similarly they are applied to multiple inserts of the same component.
Select the component with settings to copy or override.
Defines the cross-reference annotation format. One replaceable parameter, %N, must always be part of the cross-reference format string. A typical format string might be just the %N parameter. Use the upper section for on-drawing references and the bottom section for off-drawing references. You can use the same format for both.
Component Cross-Reference Display
There are different styles of cross referencing AutoCAD Electrical supports:
Click Setup to display a dialog box for setting the display defaults for each component cross-reference display format.
You can apply overrides to a component so its settings override those of the drawing or project. Use this tool to remove the component overrides so the cross-referencing commands use the settings for the drawing or project.
Select to remove the component overrides on the project, active drawing, or selected components on the drawing.
Project and Active drawing (all) remove overrides on all components on the drawings while Active drawing (pick) removes overrides for selected components only.
This format displays cross-referencing as text with any user-defined string as a separator between references on the same cross-reference attribute.
Mtext cross-referencing can still be used on selected components that use text cross-referencing.
In the Project Manager, right-click the project or drawing name and select Properties. Click the Cross-References tab. In the component Cross-Reference Display section, select Text Format, and click Setup.
The Reference Separator edit box allows you to define any string as a separator between references on the same attribute. Spaces are allowed. The default separator is a comma. Use "|" anywhere in the edit box to change the XREF attribute to multi-line text and add a carriage return after each reference. The separator value is applied to the drawing settings in the WD_M block definition or the component to override the drawing settings.
When there are 2 or more references on the same cross-reference attribute each reference is separated by the specified separator. If you use a comma as the separator the references would look like the following examples:
Displays an image that shows an example of the cross-referencing format being defined.
Display Unused Children (Contacts)
Displays the child symbols that are not referenced or being used in the project pin list.
Displays each unused child symbol in its own reference.
Contact Count Totals
Displays the total count of all unused child symbols in a single reference.
Fill Reference With
Specifies what should be displayed in the unused reference position for both Separate and Contact Count options. If left empty, a space appears where the referencing would be displayed. For example if you enter the text "SP" for spares, "SP" displays in the referencing.
Cross-Referencing Sorted by Line Reference
Displays the referencing in the order that the contacts are found in the line reference of the project.
Cross-Referencing Sorted by Pin List Order
Displays the referencing in the order that the Pin List is defined on the parent component. It is sorted regardless if the pins are displayed as part of the referencing.