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PICKFIRST, object Layer information second, set layer third
*Applies to: AutoCAD R12, 13, 14, 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005*

You can find out what layer an object is on by selecting it and then looking at the Layer drop down on the Object Properties toolbar. To get this to work you must have PICKFIRST set to a value of 1. With the Object Properties toolbar displayed on the screen simply select an object in your drawing. This will cause the drop down to display the layer in which the object is on in the Layer drop down. The other value of PICKFIRST is 0, with this value you can't select objects prior to selecting a modify command, or a command that requires object selection.

Note: If you select more than one object and they share the same layer then the layer drop down won't change, but if you select more than one object and they don't all share the same layer, the Layer box will go blank for the current layer.

The other things that you can use PICKFIRST for is selecting your objects and then using one of the modifying commands like ERASE or MOVE. You can also select a layer from the Layer drop down and set all the currently selected objects on that layer. This method of layer changing is faster than using the DDMODIFY command.