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Open an Existing Project and Work With Land F/X Projects

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



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 Land F/X 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.



Project List Tab


1. Click the Project List tab to see all available Land F/X projects that have been created in your office.


2. Click the Organization tab to see which of your projects do not currently have a detail folder assignment, are marked as Read-Only, or have been saved as templates. More information


3. When you have the Project List tab selected, you'll see a list of all available Projects in this area.


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


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


6. Highlight a project and click Edit to open the Project Manager and make changes to that project.


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


8. Click Backup to back up your project. (See our documentation on backing up projects).


9. Click Restore to restore, download, or import a project.(See our documentation on restoring projects).


10. Click Report to print a list of all your projects.


11. Highlight a project and click Save as Template to save that project as a template. More information page.




When you open a project with a drawing file also open, the project will become associated with that drawing, meaning you can complete actions such as placing plants and irrigation equipment from the project into 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.




Organization Tab

The Project Organization tab displays a list of projects broken down into specific designations.



1. Unassigned Projects: Projects designated as Unassigned Projects do not currently have a detail folder assignment.


2. This list shows projects that are currently marked as Read-Only. More information


3. Projects in this area have been saved as templates. More information

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.

Order Project List by Number or Name

We've added the capability to order your projects by either number or name.


Each of these columns has a clickable header in the Land F/X Projects dialog box. Click either the Number or Name header to sort your projects by number or name.

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)
  • 101: First Steps with Land F/X: Learn what Land F/X is, how and why it works, and how you can navigate through your first steps, including working with projects. (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, 22 May 2020 16:13

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