Section view properties

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Section view properties

Section view properties in single-part, assembly, and cast unit drawing properties define the section depth, section view direction, cutting line length and color, and section mark contents and appearance for the automatically created section views.

To open automatic section view properties:

  • On the Drawings & reports tab, select Drawing properties, select the drawing type, and select Section view in the options tree.
  • In an open drawing, double-click the drawing background, and select Section view in the options tree.
  • In GA drawings, clicking the Section view button opens a dialog box where you can enter the section view and symbol start number or letter.



Attributes tab

Fit by parts

The Fit by parts setting shows the whole part in the sections. This setting works as an alternative to the Section depth and Distance for combining cuts settings.

Section depth

Define the positive and negative distances of the section view when views are not combined.

Distance for combining cuts

Define the distance range for combining cut views.


Define the view direction of the section. The options are:

  • Left section
  • Middle section
  • Right section

The available values are left or right.

Cutting line tab


Define the length and offset of the cutting line.


Define the color of the cutting line.

Section mark tab


Define the text on the section mark. Click the ... buttons next to the text boxes to open the Mark Contents dialog box and to modify the mark contents.

Symbol: Color

Define the color of the section mark symbol.

Left symbol, Right symbol

Define the left and right section mark symbol.


Define the size of the section mark left and right symbol.


Define the offset of the section mark left and right symbol.

Start number or letter of section view and symbol label

Define the start letter or number used in the section view label and in the section symbol label.

You can enter any number starting from 1 or any letter A - Z or a - z (also shown in uppercase in the label). If you use letter, and the entered string is longer than one letter, only the first letter is shown in the view label and section symbol label. If you use numbers, all entered numbers are shown. The start number changes only if you change it in the drawing properties before creating a drawing, and if you change the option in an existing drawing and recreate the drawing, in which case section view and symbol labels for all automatically included section views and all new section views will change.

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