How do I add a .CTB file to AutoCad?

This is actually very easy and straight forward, if you know where to look…

Firstly, you need to locate your .ctb folder on your computer that AutoCad references.

Menu > Tools > Options

Menu > Tools > Options

To do this, select the Tools tab, then click options at the bottom of the list.

Now under the Printer Support File Path tab, click Plot Style Table Search Path.

Plot Styles

Plot Styles

This shows you the folder you need. Now all you need to do is copy your .ctb file into the folder and restart AutoCad. Please feel free to share this page amongst your friends and colleagues!


Is there a question you would like to ask about CTB files? Leave a comment below.
You can find a condensed, 2016 version of this post here.


15 thoughts on “How do I add a .CTB file to AutoCad?

  1. Thank you Jamie, it solved my problem.
    As you said -it’s easy when you know the right path.

  2. I know that there is a command for it so you can do it straightly from your drawing (i’ve done it before) but i can’t recall it 😦 anybody knows the command for autocad 2013??

    • yahooo, i just found it. you can type “convertctb” or “plottermanager” in command line. then paste your ctb there. you might have to close your drawing and reopen it or restart your computer to make it active. 🙂

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