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Hatches are Displaying as Solid Rather Than as Patterns


Some or all of your hatches appearing as solid colors rather than as patterns.



This issue will occur in AutoCAD when the calculated hatch pattern is too dense to display. This function is governed by the MaxHatch environment setting, which is a very rare thing to have to worry about.



You can check the existing setting by determining the "environment variable." You can find out this value by typing: 

(getenv "MaxHatch") (Remember to include the parentheses and note that this command is CASE SENSITIVE.)

A value will display above the Command line (example: 1000000, which indicates 1 million).

The maximum setting for this archaic variable is 10 million, which shouldn't be a problem. Try setting this value by typing:

(setenv "MaxHatch" "10000000")(Again, include the parentheses and note that this command is CASE SENSITIVE.)


This new environment variable may very well solve your hatching issue.


Other potential causes of this issue include:

  • A large number of proxy objects in your drawing or Xrefs. We recommend cleaning all Xrefs and the drawing itself using the Nuke tool.
  • Your design site could be located several miles from 0,0 in the drawing, which can also cause issues with rendering hatches. Zoom to extents in your drawing to find out where the site is located. If necessary, move it closer to 0,0.
Last modified on Mar 09, 2018


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