How Do I Copy AutoCAD Layouts Between Drawings?

AutoCAD is a powerful software used by architects, engineers, and designers to create precise drawings and layouts. Often, you may find yourself needing to copy layouts from one drawing to another, saving you time and effort. In this tutorial, we will explore how to easily copy AutoCAD layouts between drawings using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open Both Drawings

Start by opening both the drawing from which you want to copy the layout (the source drawing) and the drawing where you want to paste the layout (the destination drawing). Make sure both files are open in separate instances of AutoCAD.

Step 2: Activate the Layout Tab

In the source drawing, navigate to the specific layout tab that contains the desired layout. You can do this by clicking on the “Layout” tab at the bottom of the AutoCAD window.

Step 3: Select All Objects in the Layout

In order to copy the entire layout, you need to select all objects within it. To do this, type “Ctrl+A” on your keyboard or use any selection method that suits your workflow.

Step 4: Copy Objects

Once all objects are selected, right-click anywhere inside the layout and choose “Copy” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+C”. This will copy all selected objects to your clipboard.

Step 5: Switch to Destination Drawing

Now switch over to your destination drawing where you want to paste the copied layout. Make sure you are on an empty or desired layout tab where you want to place it.

Step 6: Paste Objects

To paste the copied objects into the destination drawing, right-click inside the layout and select “Paste” from the context menu. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+V”.

Step 7: Adjust Layout Scale and Position (if necessary)

Depending on the scale and positioning of your layout in the source drawing, you may need to adjust it in the destination drawing. Use AutoCAD’s scaling and positioning tools to make any necessary adjustments.

Step 8: Save Your Changes

Finally, save your changes in both the source and destination drawings to ensure that your copied layout is preserved. You can use the “Save” or “Save As” options under the File menu.


  • Make sure that all necessary external references (Xrefs) or dependent files are also available in the destination drawing for a complete and accurate copy of the layout.
  • If you want to copy multiple layouts, repeat steps 2 to 8 for each layout you wish to copy.

By following these simple steps, you can easily copy AutoCAD layouts between drawings, saving time and effort in recreating complex layouts. Utilize this feature whenever you need to reuse existing layouts or share them with others without starting from scratch.

Remember that practice makes perfect! So don’t hesitate to try out different methods and explore additional functionalities within AutoCAD to enhance your workflow.