How Do I Merge Layouts in AutoCAD?

Merging layouts in AutoCAD allows you to combine multiple layouts into a single layout, thereby streamlining your design process and improving efficiency. In this tutorial, we will walk through the steps to merge layouts in AutoCAD using simple and easy-to-follow instructions.

Step 1: Open the Drawing

Start by opening the drawing file that contains the layouts you want to merge. You can do this by going to the “File” menu and selecting “Open”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + O” to open the drawing.

Step 2: Access the Layouts

Once your drawing is open, navigate to the bottom left corner of the AutoCAD window. You will find a tab labeled “Model”, which represents the model space. To access the layouts, click on the plus (+) icon next to this tab.

Upon clicking on the plus icon, a list of all available layouts will be displayed. Each layout is represented by a separate tab at the bottom of the AutoCAD window. To merge these layouts, we need to create a new layout where we can combine them.

Step 3: Create a New Layout

To create a new layout, right-click on any existing layout tab and select “From Template”. A dialog box will appear with various options for creating a new layout.

In this dialog box, you can choose from predefined templates or create a custom template according to your requirements. Select an appropriate template that suits your needs and click on “OK” to proceed.


If you wish to customize your new layout further, you can modify its properties later by right-clicking on its tab and selecting “Page Setup Manager”. This will allow you to adjust settings such as paper size, scale, and plot style.

Step 4: Merge the Layouts

Now that you have created a new layout, it’s time to merge the existing layouts into it. Begin by selecting the first layout you want to merge. To do this, simply click on its corresponding tab at the bottom of the AutoCAD window.

With the desired layout selected, right-click on its tab and choose “Copy”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + C” to copy the layout.

Next, switch to the newly created layout by clicking on its tab. Once again, right-click on its tab and select “Paste”. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + V” to paste the copied layout into the new one.

The copied layout will now appear within your newly created layout. Repeat this process for each additional layout you wish to merge. You can arrange and reposition these layouts within the new one as needed.


If necessary, you can resize or adjust each individual merged layout by selecting it and using AutoCAD’s editing tools like “Move”, “Scale”, or “Rotate”. These tools will allow you to manipulate each merged layout according to your design requirements.

Step 5: Save Your Merged Layout

Once you have successfully merged all desired layouts into a single layout, it’s important to save your work. Go to the “File” menu and select “Save” or use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + S”. Choose a location on your computer and provide a suitable name for your merged layout file before clicking on “Save”.


Merging layouts in AutoCAD is a valuable technique that allows you to combine multiple layouts into a single layout, enhancing your design workflow. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily merge layouts and create a more organized and efficient drawing file.

Remember to save your work regularly to avoid any loss of data. Experiment with different layouts and explore additional AutoCAD features to further enhance your designs.