Viewport Clip

Say that you have a default rectangle viewport already set – you have the scale set and dimensions and the multileaders points to objects in your viewport. But then you want to trim some of the objects out of the viewport that are cluttering up what you are trying to present. You could erase everything and create a viewport out of the desired shape and then have to place the dimensions again… or you could use this handy tool VPCLIP. By using the VPCLIP tool. you can easily keep the scale and position of an existing viewport thus keeping the placement of dimensions and multileaders and lets you either select an existing object to be the new frame of the viewport or define a new one by picking points (like making a polyline).

Here’s how:

  • While in Paper space, use the command VPCLIP <enter>

or

  • (AutoCAD 2013) This tool is found on the “Layout” tab of the ribbon > “Viewport Layout” panel > “Clip” button
  • (Earlier versions) This tool is found on the “View” tab of the ribbon > “Viewports” panel > “Clip” tool.

or

  • Select the viewport > right-click > select “viewport clip”

Shown below is an example using an existing closed shape to redefine the viewport:

Shown below is an example of picking points to define a closed object (like a polyline):

~enjoy

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3 Responses to Viewport Clip

  1. Trish Duerre says:

    When the viewport is clipped, is there a way to keep it non-printable? I’ve tried setting layer to non-print, freezing, viewport freezing, but it still prints

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Hello Trish,
      Are you not wanting the clipped area to print or the frame of the clip?
      If you dont ant an area to print, I would suggest using a wipeout to hide the area

      http://autocadtips.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/autolisp-objects-2-wipeout/

      If you don’t want the frame/edge of the clip to print, I am able to turn its layer off and have it print. There might be something wrong with that Layout tab. This happens at work a lot where a user will not be able to do something while on a layout tab. Then they simply create a new layout tab and it works for some reason…
      Also try the AUDIT command and see if it finds any errors.
      I hope that one of these helps
      ~Greg

  2. Shannon says:

    I had the same problem and I believe it pertains to what layer the clip was created on. My solution was to remove the viewport clip and then set the current layer to my viewport layer (which is set to no plot) and recreate the clip. The viewport border no longer prints.

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