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Open an Existing Project

This article will show you how to open a Land F/X project that has already been created. To start a new project, see our Create a New Project page.



You may feel tempted to open an existing project and rename it, rather than simply opening a new project. DO NOT DO THIS. Renaming existing projects with the intention of retaining their properties for a new project can cause a number of file issues. If you want to create a new project with similar properties to an existing project, save the existing project as a template. Then open a new project based on that template. For more information, see our Templates page.

The Projects Dialog Box

To open an existing project, open our Projects tool:



F/X Admin ribbon, Project List button




Admin Data toolbar



F/X Admin toolbar

F/X Admin pull-down menu




or type FX_ProjectFiles in the Command line




The Land F/X Projects dialog box will open. 



1. The Projects list shows all available projects. 


2. Highlight a project and click Open to open that project.


3. Click New to start a new project. (For more information, see our Create a New Project page.)


4. Highlight a project and click Delete to delete that project.


5. Click Backup to back up your project. (See Back Up a Project).


6. Click Restore to restore, download, or import a project.(See Restore, Download, or Import a Project).


7. Click Save as Template to save the highlighted project as a template. For more information, visit our Templates page.





When you open a project with a CAD drawing also open, the project will become associated with that drawing, meaning you can perform actions such as placing plants and irrigation components from the project to the current drawing. If  you save the drawing, the selected project will automatically become the current project whenever you re-open that drawing.

What's all this about "projects" and "drawings"? A Land F/X project, or LFX file, is a separate entity from a CAD drawing, or DWG file. For an explanation of how projects and drawings work together, see our CAD Drawings and Land F/X Projects page.

Opening a Project

To open an existing project, highlight the project in the Land F/X Projects dialog box, then click Open.




The Project Manager for the selected project will open. The Project Manager contains a number of important settings for your project. For more information, see our Project Manager page.



If the settings are to your liking, click OK to open the project and begin working.




You can open the Project Manager at any time and adjust these settings as needed.

Projects and Preference Sets

Our six Preferences screens provide a centralized way to customize everything from fonts and label styles to layer colors. Once you've congifured your Preferences the way you want them, you can save those settings in what's known as a Preference Set. You can create as many Preference Sets as you need – one for each client, each type of project, each consultant you work with, etc.

For more information about Preference Sets, see our Preference Sets page.


When you open a project, you should get into the habit of making sure you have the correct Preference Set assigned to that project, or set as active. When you start working in a drawing with a project open, the active Preference Set will govern the appearance of fonts, layer colors, label styles, and any other settings that are configured and saved within that Preference Set. That's why it's extremely important to have the correct Preference Set active.    



To set a Preference Set as active, just open any of the six Preferences screens and select it from the menu pictured to the right. You can then close the Preferences and start working on your project.



Note that your installation comes with our two default Preference Sets – Imperial and Metric (one for each measurement system you're likely to use).




However, if your office creates a large number of Preference Sets, you'll have a longer list of Preference Sets to choose from. 

Important: When you open or create a project, the first Preference Set in alphabetical order will be set active by default. If you have one Preference Set that you anticipate using most often, you might think about giving it a name that puts it first alphabetically. That way, that Preference Set will always be set active by default and you won't have to worry about selecting one each time you open or create a project.

Working With AutoCAD Sheet Sets

Our software allows you to use AutoCAD Sheet Sets to establish and maintain your sheets. For more information, visit our Working With Sheet Sets page.

Disassociating a Drawing from a Project

In some cases, a drawing may become locked into a project, so to speak. Follow our steps to disassociate a drawing from a project.

Related Webinars

  • Land F/X Admin & Setup: This webinar will show you what you need to know about Land F/X admin processes and project setup. (1 hr 1 min)


Issue: You want to advance a project into a new phase (e.g., permitting to construction)


Issue: You are unable to change the administrator of a project because the person currently set as the administrator is no longer with your firm, or you no longer have access to his or her computer?


Last modified on Friday, 25 October 2019 09:54

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