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How to open shx file in AutoCAD?

Brief Answer: To use an SHX file in AutoCAD, place the file in the AutoCAD Fonts folder, then reference it within the software as needed (e.g., for fonts or shape definitions).

Detailed Explanation and Solutions:

  1. Understanding SHX Files:
    • Purpose: SHX files are used for compiled shape/fonts in AutoCAD.
    • Direct Opening: You cannot ‘open’ SHX files like a regular document since they are a compiled format used by AutoCAD internally.
  2. Placing SHX File in AutoCAD Fonts Folder:
    • Locate Fonts Folder: Find the AutoCAD Fonts folder, usually under C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD [version]\Fonts.
    • Copy SHX File: Place the SHX file into this folder.
  3. Referencing SHX File in AutoCAD:
    • For Fonts:
      • Use Text Style: Go to Format > Text Style, create a new style or modify an existing one.
      • Select SHX File: Choose the SHX file from the font list.
    • For Shapes:
      • Load Shape: Use LOAD command to load a shape.
      • Type Shape Name: Enter the name defined in the SHX file.

Key Points:

  • Restart AutoCAD: If AutoCAD was open during this process, restart it to update font lists.
  • Correct Folder: Ensure the SHX file is placed in the correct AutoCAD Fonts folder.
  • Backward Compatibility: SHX is an older format, so ensure compatibility with your version of AutoCAD.

SHX files are a specific format for shape and font data used by AutoCAD. They are not opened traditionally but are placed in the AutoCAD Fonts folder and then referenced within the software for different purposes like text styles or custom shapes.