How Do You Unfreeze All Layers in AutoCAD?

How Do You Unfreeze All Layers in AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a powerful software used by professionals in various fields such as architecture, engineering, and design. One of the common tasks while working in AutoCAD is managing layers.

Layers allow you to organize and control the visibility of different elements in your drawing. Sometimes, you may encounter a situation where multiple layers are frozen, and you need to unfreeze them all at once. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of unfreezing all layers in AutoCAD.

Method 1: Using the Layer Properties Manager

If you have a few layers frozen and want to unfreeze them individually or selectively, the Layer Properties Manager is your go-to tool.

  1. Open the Layer Properties Manager by typing “LA” in the command line or selecting it from the ribbon menu under the Home tab.
  2. In the Layer Properties Manager dialog box, locate the frozen layers (they will have a snowflake icon next to them).
  3. Select the first frozen layer by clicking on its name.
  4. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click on other frozen layers that you wish to unfreeze.
  5. Once you have selected all desired frozen layers, right-click anywhere in the Layer Properties Manager dialog box.
  6. In the context menu that appears, choose “Thaw” to unfreeze all selected layers simultaneously.

Method 2: Using Command Line

If you have numerous frozen layers and want to quickly unfreeze all of them without individually selecting each one, using AutoCAD’s command line is an efficient approach.

  1. Access the command line by typing “Command:” in the command line area at the bottom of your AutoCAD window, or simply press Ctrl + 9.
  2. Enter the command “LAYER” and press Enter. This will open the Layer Properties Manager.
  3. In the Layer Properties Manager dialog box, type “T” and press Enter.

    This will select all layers in the list.

  4. Type “T” again and press Enter. This will toggle off the freeze status for all selected layers, unfreezing them.


  • If you want to unfreeze all layers except for a few specific ones, you can use the “TN” command instead of “T“. This will toggle off freeze status for all layers except those you specify.
  • You can also use wildcards in layer names when using commands like “LAYER“. For example, if you want to select all layers with names starting with “FROZEN_”, you can enter “LAYER FROZEN_* “.

Unfreezing frozen layers in AutoCAD is essential to ensure that your drawing elements are visible and editable. Whether you prefer using the Layer Properties Manager or commands via the command line, these methods make unfreezing multiple layers a breeze.

Remember to save your work after making any changes to your layer settings. Happy drafting!