The Explode command converts complex entities, such as blocks, polylines, solids or dimensions into their component parts.
Exploding a polyline or dimension reduces it to a collection of individual line and arc entities that you can then modify individually.
Blocks are converted to the individual entities, possibly including other, nested blocks that composed the original entity.
Multiline texts explode into single line text entities.
In general exploding entities will have no visible effect in the drawing, except for:
If the original polyline had a width, the width information is lost when you explode it. The resulting lines and arcs follow the centerline of the original polyline.
If you explode a block containing attributes, the attributes are lost, but the original attribute definitions remain.
Colors and linetypes assigned BYBLOCK may appear different after exploding an entity, because they will adopt the default color and linetype.
The TxtExp command explodes text into polylines (short for "text explode").
To explode entities
Do one of the following:
- Click the Explode tool button () on the Modify toolbar.
- Choose Explode in the Modify menu.
- Type Explode in the command bar, then press Enter.
The command window reads: Select entities to explode.
Select the entities, then right click or press Enter.
If you select the entities first, then launch the Explode tool, the selected entities are exploded immediately.