Where Is Color Number in AutoCAD?

Where Is Color Number in AutoCAD?

When working with AutoCAD, it is essential to have a good understanding of how to work with colors. Colors can help you differentiate between different elements in your drawing and make it visually appealing. In this tutorial, we will explore where to find the color number in AutoCAD and how to use it effectively.

Understanding Color Numbers

Color numbers in AutoCAD are represented by an index that corresponds to a specific color. Each color has a unique number associated with it, which allows you to easily identify and work with specific colors in your drawings.

Finding the Color Number

To find the color number in AutoCAD, follow these steps:

  1. Open your drawing file in AutoCAD.
  2. Navigate to the “Layer Properties Manager” by typing “LA” and pressing Enter or by clicking on the “Layer Properties” icon on the Home tab.
  3. In the “Layer Properties Manager” dialog box, select the layer for which you want to find the color number.
  4. Look for the “Color” column in the dialog box. The color number will be displayed next to each layer’s name.

Note: The color numbers range from 1 to 255, representing different colors available in AutoCAD.

Using Color Numbers

Now that you know where to find the color number, let’s explore how you can use it effectively:

  • Changing Layer Color: To change the color of a layer using its assigned color number, simply select the layer in the “Layer Properties Manager,” click on its color number, and choose a new color from the color palette.
  • Assigning Color to Objects: You can also assign specific colors to individual objects in your drawing. Select the object, open the “Properties” palette by typing “PROPERTIES” or clicking on the “Properties” icon on the Home tab, and change the color number in the “Color” field.
  • Creating Color Overrides: AutoCAD allows you to create color overrides for specific objects or layers.

    This means you can assign a different color to an object or layer without changing its assigned color number. To do this, select the object or layer, right-click, choose “Properties,” and change the “Color” field without modifying the assigned color number.


In conclusion, knowing where to find the color number in AutoCAD is crucial for working efficiently with colors in your drawings. By understanding how to locate and utilize these color numbers, you can easily manage and modify colors according to your design requirements. Remember to experiment with different colors and combinations to create visually appealing drawings.

Disclaimer: The images used in this tutorial are for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect the actual interface of AutoCAD.