How Do I Insert a Wblock in AutoCAD?

How Do I Insert a Wblock in AutoCAD?

In AutoCAD, a Wblock (short for “write block”) is a powerful command that allows you to save selected objects or blocks as a separate drawing file, which can then be inserted into other drawings. This functionality is particularly useful when you want to reuse specific elements in multiple projects or share them with others.

In this tutorial, we will explore how to insert a Wblock in AutoCAD.

Step 1: Select the Objects

Before you can create a Wblock, you need to select the objects or blocks that you want to save as a separate file. To do this, use the following steps:

  1. Select Objects: Activate the selection tool by typing “SELECT” into the command line or clicking on the selection icon in the ribbon menu. Then, click and drag your cursor to create a selection window around the desired objects. Alternatively, you can use other selection methods like selecting by crossing window, polygonal window, or selecting individual objects using “PICK” mode.
  2. Select Blocks: If you want to save an entire block instead of individual objects, make sure to select all the objects that constitute the block.

Step 2: Open Wblock Dialog Box

Once you have selected the desired objects or blocks, follow these steps to open the Wblock dialog box:

  1. Type “WBLOCK”: Type “WBLOCK” into the command line and press Enter. Alternatively, you can access this command by navigating through the ribbon menu: “Application Menu > Export > Other Formats > WBLOCK“.
  2. Specify Insertion Point: You will be prompted to specify an insertion point for the Wblock.

    This point serves as the base point for inserting the Wblock into other drawings. Click anywhere in the drawing area to set the insertion point, or enter specific coordinates if needed.

  3. Set Other Options: The Wblock dialog box will appear, allowing you to specify additional options such as the name and location of the output file, units, layer mapping, and more. Adjust these settings as per your requirements.

Step 3: Save and Insert Wblock

After setting up the desired options in the Wblock dialog box, follow these final steps to save and insert the Wblock:

  1. Save File: Specify a name and location for the output file by either typing it directly into the “File name” field or clicking on the “Browse” button to navigate through your system’s directories. Choose a meaningful name that represents the content of your Wblock.
  2. Save as External Reference (Xref): If you want to insert this saved Wblock as an external reference (Xref) rather than directly into your current drawing, make sure to check the “Create External Reference” option in the dialog box.
  3. Press OK: Once you are satisfied with all settings, click “OK” to save your selection as a separate drawing file (Wblock).
  4. Insert Saved Block: To insert this saved Wblock into another drawing, use either of these methods:
    • Type “INSERT”: Type “INSERT” into the command line, then locate and select the saved Wblock file to insert it into your current drawing.

      Adjust the insertion scale and rotation if necessary.

    • Use Ribbon Menu: Navigate to “Ribbon > Insert > Block Reference” and specify the saved Wblock file in the dialog box that appears. Adjust other settings like insertion point, scale, and rotation as needed.

And that’s it! You have now successfully learned how to insert a Wblock in AutoCAD.

This powerful feature can greatly enhance your productivity by allowing you to reuse specific elements across multiple drawings or collaborate effectively with others.


  • Remember to save your work regularly to avoid losing any unsaved changes.
  • If you frequently use certain Wblocks, consider creating a library of commonly used blocks for quick access.
  • Experiment with different options in the Wblock dialog box to customize the output file according to your specific needs.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in expanding your knowledge of AutoCAD’s Wblock functionality. Happy designing!