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Changing drawing style for better viewing of element symbols and annotations

Applies To 
Product(s): WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, CivilStorm,  StormCAD, HAMMER
Version(s): 10.00.xx.xx, 08.11.xx.xx
Area:  Modeling
Original Author: Mark Pachlhofer, Bentley Technical Support Group


My elements are all bunched together. I can't see my elements because they're too small. How do I change the drawing style for a model to resolve this?

Why are annotations or elements large or take up the entire drawing area?


Your drawing style may be set to GIS or your element sizes are too large. GIS drawing style is zoom independent, so the annotations/elements sizes will stay the same size no matter how far in or out you zoom.


Elements can be displayed in one of two styles in the Stand-Alone version: GIS style or CAD style.

With the GIS style, the size of element symbols in the drawing pane will remain the same regardless of zoom level, , so the annotations/elements sizes will stay the same size no matter how far in or out you zoom. With the CAD style, element symbols will appear larger or smaller depending on zoom level.

There is a default Drawing Style that is set on the Global tab of the Options dialog. The drawing style chosen there will be used by all elements by default. Changing the default drawing style will only affect new projects, not existing ones.

Changing the drawing style of an existing project

To change the drawing style of a single element type (such as Junctions):

Double-click the element in the Element Symbology manager dialog to open the Properties manager. In the Properties manager, change the value in the Display Style field to the desired setting.

To change the drawing style of all elements:

Click the Drawing Style button in the Element Symbology manager and select the desired drawing style from the submenu that appears.

See Also

Changing the symbol size or text height for elements in a model