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Define a drawing template
A drawing template helps you create consistent drawings. You can define a template for a frequently-used drawing and reuse it later, thus saving efforts and time.
You can define a drawing template based on an existing drawing in Creo Elements/Direct Annotation.
To define a drawing template based on an existing drawing,
1. Click Annotation and then, in the Setup group, click More.
2. Under Drawing, click Define Drawing Template. The Drawing Template dialog box opens.
3. In the Name box, type a name for the template.
4. In the Category box, type or select a category.
5. Click .
Creo Elements/Direct Annotation saves the drawing as a template. The template appears in the Template Browser.
Creo Elements/Direct Annotation saves a template for the active view set. If there is no active view set in the drawing, Creo Elements/Direct Annotation displays an error message when you click Define Drawing Template.
While saving the template, Creo Elements/Direct Annotation:
Deletes the dimensions and flat views in the drawing.
Converts the dependent views to sketches. The sketches are bounded by a rectangular box like the corresponding views, and have a label in the middle of the box. The label name is identical to the name of the dependent views. The labels help you identify the contents of the original drawing.
You can use a drawing template to create new drawings for parts. See Create a drawing from a drawing template for more information.