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All about Civil 3D Point Styles

ntroductionIntroduction to Civil 3D Point Styles.

Let's learn about Civil 3D Point Styles in this online tutorial, a part of the full Civil 3D essentials online training. In general, most manipulations of styles and settings are done from the Settings tab of the Toolspace. However, to make the software easier, we will use the Autodesk Civil 3D Prospector and right-click menu. By establishing this habit, we will create a routine that will make it easier to learn the software. 


Creating Civil 3D Point Styles.


In general, most manipulations of styles and settings are done from the Settings tab of the Toolspace. However, to make the software easier, we will use the Autodesk Civil 3D Prospector and right-click menu. By establishing this habit, we will create a routine that will make it easier to learn the software. 

As stated before, there are several ways to access Civil 3D's commands (right-click menu, ribbon, prospector, and the command line are the usual options).

To create and edit point styles, proceed as follows:

  1. Activate the Prospector tab and navigate to the Point Groups section.
  2. Then, select _All Points and right-click on Properties

Point Style properties

  1. On the Information tab of the Point Group Properties window, we have two main boxes, each representing a type of styles:
    • The first one is Object Styles: it controls the appearance of any point object belonging to this point group.
    • The second one is Label Styles: It dictates the appearance of the text associated with the point, including coordinates, descriptions, point numbers and elevations.

Point Style window

  1. In the Point Group Properties window, both types of styles can be created, copied, or edited. Let's create a new point style (for example, a circle and an “X” sign). To create and edit a point object style,
  • from the previous window, create a new style, by clicking on the arrow on the right, in the Point Style section.  
  • next, click on Create New


  • then, on the Information tab, in the Name textbox, enter the name of the point style, for example, EG, for Existing Ground.

Point Style

  • Now switch to the Marker tab. For the point style, you can either choose an AutoCAD point for the marker, a custom marker, or a pre-existing AutoCAD block to represent the existing ground.


  • The option of using pre-existing AutoCAD blocks is particularly useful in a situation where we want to choose an existing block from an external AutoCAD file. Case in point, when styles have been created by a client or a permitting agency like a department of transportation or municipality. In that case, we simply pick a style from the list of symbols.

  • After choosing a style, you can go to the display tab and change the colours, line types, scales, and many other options. For now, click on OK to close the point styles editor.  We will see later how to apply the styles.

 Course:  Civil 3D Essentials    |  Topic:  Civil 3D Point Styles   |    Software:  AutoDesk Civil 3D