Remove a DVIEW Twist from a Drawing
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Remove a DVIEW Twist from a Drawing


Your view of your drawing has become twisted or rotated, so you see it from a strange angle. You may be unable to place objects. This rotation is caused by what's known as a DVIEW twist.




A DVIEW twist is a rotation in your view of a CAD drawing that can cause a number of issues. It may have been applied deliberately by a civil engineer, for example, or even applied accidentally.

Don't Forget to Clean Your Drawings!

Did you know that cleaning your drawing with our Nuke tool will remove a DVIEW twist automatically? It's just one of many reasons you should always practice proper drawing cleanup. For further information, please see our documentation pages on:


Before Removing a DVIEW Twist ...

... draw a line due east from any point. You can use this line as a guide to re-create the twist if necessary.


Removing a DVIEW Twist, Option 1: Place a Plant Label

The easiest way to get rid of a DVIEW twist is to place a Plant Label, which will quickly and automatically create a User Coordinate System (UCS) in the same rotation as the previous DVIEW twist. Alternately, you can follow the steps below.



Removing a DVIEW Twist, Option 2: Remove the Twist Manually

Option 2, Step 1: Rotate the drawing in the viewport

1A. Select the viewport.


1B. Type PROP in the Command line and press Enter to open the Properties panel.


Set the Display locked option to No.


1C. Double-click inside the viewport to activate it.


1D. Type DVIEW in the Command line and press Enter.


1E. Press Enter again to accept the DVIEWBLOCK.


1F. Type TW for the Twist option.


1G. Type 0 and press Enter.


1H. Right-click to end the command.


Your drawing will now be rotated in the viewport.



Option 2, Step 2: Apply a UCS

2A. While still in the viewport, open our New UCS tool.


2B. Click a point for the new 0,0. We recommend snapping to something nearby and tangible, such as the corner of a building.


2C. Select a line that you want to become horizontal.


2D. A new line will now follow your cursor, which is asking which way is up. Slide your cursor so this line points up, then click.


2E. Type a name for your UCS, then click OK.


2F. Your UCS is applied. Now use our Plot Scale tool to re-set your scale in this viewport, and pan the drawing to center again.


2G. Open our XHair Angle tool. Right-click and reset your crosshairs to 0 angle in this UCS. (If they're angled, they were for your drawing)


2H. Lock the viewport again. You've removed the DVIEW twist.

Last modified on Mar 31, 2022


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