Even though Layer Walk (LAYWALK) started off being an Express (or Bonus) tool and a short time later had worked its way up to being an honorary AutoCAD command… I am quite surprised that there are still quite a few people that I know (using AutoCAD for quite some time) have not gotten around to trying it out! And the worst part is it has been around for almost a decade. So if you have never used it… NOW IS THE TIME!
Layer Walk combines several layer commands together at once, from Searching by Layer naming, using existing Filters, Count of your layers or best of all… Displaying what is on what layer(s) all in one simple real time dialog box. To launch the Layer Walk command from the Ribbon on the Home tab expand the layer panel and click the Layer Walk button. (Or type in the command: LAYWALK)
The LayerWalk Dialog is displayed… with all layers highlighted in blue are the layers that are on or not frozen.
You can now use this dialog box to only display objects on the layers selected. There are several ways you can accomplish this. One way is to select the layers in the dialog box whatever layers you highlight will display only the objects on those layers. (TIP: You can select more than one layer at a time using the same selection methods used in Windows selections Crtl+pick (add individual ones) or Shift+pick to select a range.)
If you use the Select Objects button in the Dialog box you will select the objects directly on the AutoCAD screen. (Remember to display all of the layers you need to select from or they will not be displayed when the dialog temporary closes for the selection.) You can also use the Search Field to filter out the names of the layers. The Filter check box hides the names of the layers filtered out.
With any layers selected, you can right-click to display a short cut menu in the dialog box and choose Invert Selection to display the other layers and hide the selected layers.
If you select a layer that has no objects on it, you can click the Purge button to delete the layer from your drawing.
Right-click, choose Inspect to display the Inspect dialog box, which shows you the total layers in the drawing, the selected layers, and the objects on those layers.
And lastly the Restore on Exit will return your Drawing the same Layer settings prior to the command, Un-checking this will end the LayerWalk session and keep the display the last display in the session.
So if you have not been using this tool and was just never aware of what it did? I hope now you realize why AutoCAD developers insisted this tool should be a stock command in AutoCAD. I’m Isaac, and thank you for your time.