How Do I Enable Hatch Layer in AutoCAD?

Do you want to add a hatch layer to your AutoCAD drawings? Hatching is a great way to add texture and depth to your designs, making them more visually appealing and easier to understand. In this tutorial, we will show you how to enable the hatch layer in AutoCAD, step by step.

Step 1: Access the Layer Properties Manager

To enable the hatch layer, you need to access the Layer Properties Manager. There are two ways you can do this:

  • Method 1: Type ‘LA’ in the command line and press Enter.
  • Method 2: Go to the Home tab in the Ribbon, and in the Layers panel, click on the Layer Properties button.

Step 2: Create a New Layer

In the Layer Properties Manager dialog box, click on the ‘New Layer’ button. This will open another dialog box where you can define the properties of your new layer.

Step 2.1: Name your Layer

In the New Layer dialog box, enter a name for your hatch layer. You can choose any name that makes sense to you and helps you identify its purpose.2: Set Color and Linetype

Select a color for your hatch layer by clicking on the color swatch next to the Color field. You can choose from a wide range of colors available in AutoCAD.

To set a specific linetype for your hatch layer, click on the linetype dropdown menu next to Linetype and select one from the list. If you want to use a custom linetype, click on ‘Load’ and browse for your linetype file.3: Set Plot and Freeze Options

In the Plot column, you can choose whether you want your hatch layer to be plotted or not. If you want it to be visible in your final plot, make sure the checkbox is checked. If not, uncheck it.

The Freeze column allows you to control whether your hatch layer is frozen or thawed. If you want it to be visible, make sure the checkbox is unchecked. If you want it to be hidden, check the box.

Step 3: Apply the Hatch Layer

Now that you have created your hatch layer, it’s time to apply it to your drawing.

Select the objects or areas where you want to apply the hatch pattern. You can use any selection method like Window, Crossing, or individual selection. Once selected, right-click and choose ‘Properties’ from the context menu.

In the Properties palette, locate the ‘Layer’ field and click on its dropdown menu. Select your newly created hatch layer from the list.

Step 4: Adjust Hatch Properties (Optional)

If you want to further customize your hatch pattern, you can adjust its properties in AutoCAD.

To access the Hatch Editor and modify properties like pattern type, scale, angle, etc., double-click on any hatched area with the Hatch Edit tool active. This will open up a dialog box where you can make changes as desired.


Congratulations! You have successfully enabled a hatch layer in AutoCAD. Now you can add texture and depth to your drawings by applying different hatch patterns on different layers.

Remember that using layers effectively not only enhances the visual appeal of your designs but also makes them easier to manage and edit in the long run.

So go ahead, explore the various hatch patterns available in AutoCAD, create your own custom patterns if needed, and take your designs to the next level!