AutoCAD XREFs Explained! External Reference Tutorial & Must-Know Tips

To start today, I want to thank everyone who joined and has been participating in the CAD Support Community/Forum! we had some new members join over the last few days and I couldn’t be more excited for the group to grow and answer all of your CAD related questions!

It’s been awesome to meet everyone and looking forward to meeting/welcoming more of you in the coming weeks/months.

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look or you missed out on the initial announcement or want to learn more, you can check out this link here ( to get all the info and join the current enrollment which I’ll keep open for a bit longer since I’ve had a few more questions come in through email.
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With that, let’s jump into this weeks video .

In this week’s video, we are diving into XREFs!

XREFs are the building blocks of almost all AutoCAD drawings, particularly production drawings as they become more detailed and complicated. Xrefs allow use to keep track of different elements of the drawing and ensure everything stays up to date.

Using and understanding xrefs (External references) is not only helpful but typically a necessity of creating a complete drawing.

Not only do they help keep our drawings organized, but they also help to keep file sizes smaller and drawings easier to work on in teams.
In this week’s video, I wanted to go over a bit of everything XREFs.
How xrefs work in AutoCAD?
What an xref or external reference is?

Along with some great tips & tricks to save you time when working with them!

Once again, if you haven’t had a chance to take a look or want to learn more, you can check out this link here ( to get all the info and join now!

That’s all for today, I hope you were able to take something away from the tutorial, and if you have any questions be sure to leave a comment below or reach out on Twitter @cadintentions.
As always, thank you so much for reading, I am excited to be back and posting regularly on the blog and hope you all will follow along.
Cheers, and happy Drafting!

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Brandon is a Civil Designer, Aspiring Blogger/Creator, Husband, Father to two Amazing Kids and Tech Aficionado from a small town in Canada. He has been obsessed with design and technology since he can remember and working as a Civil Designer for nearly as long. Brandon’s blog and Youtube channel, has been his outlet and excuse for keeping up with new tech and trends in the CAD design world for the last 10 years growing to more than 60,000 subscribers and over 15,000,000 views, while also being the source of many great friendships and unique opportunities. If you would like to Sponsor CAD Intentions or Work together in some way, Please visit my About Page and send me an email: