Disabling line weights in a PDF

What does Disable Line Weights do?

PDFs that are made with vectors — which includes most drawings made from CAD software — use line weights to define the different types and styles of lines in your drawing. Disabling line weights allows you to see the vector lines exactly as they appear to the PDF, which may or may not be helpful depending on what you need to accomplish. Line weights are enabled by default; this article discusses some of the ways that enabling and disabling line weights can help your workflows.

A document with line weights enabled.
A document with line weights disabled.

When to turn on Disable Line Weights

Thick lines appearing near each other can be difficult to differentiate when performing measurements or takeoffs. Disabling the line weights makes it easier to see your lines, which can help you be more accurate with individual selections and measurements.

To disable line weights:

  1. Go to View.
  2. Select Disable Line Weights.

When to turn off Disable Line Weights

If line weights are disabled, you may find that your PDF looks different from your teammates’, that your documents print with no line weights, or that Dynamic Fill isn’t staying within the lines of your document. Line weights are helpful for navigating and marking up your PDFs because they allow you to differentiate between line types and styles. For these reasons, it’s probably best to leave Disable Line Weights turned off until you need it.

To enable line weights:

  1. With line weights disabled, go to View.
    If line weights are disabled, the Disable Line Weights icon is highlighted blue. 
  2. Select Disable Line Weights to turn it off.


Learn about how and when to use the Disable Line Weights feature in Revu.

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