This tab is available only for documents that are symbols and have an .sym extension.
Specifies the insertion type for a symbol. You can set the insertion type by clicking Options on the Tools menu and then clicking the Symbols tab on the Options dialog box. After you set an insertion type for a symbol, you cannot change the type.
Displays the type of update for the link on the symbol. To change the update status of a link, click Automatic. To prevent updating the link, click Frozen. You can select Automatic when you want the document to automatically reflect any changes to the symbol document. You can select Frozen when you do not want the symbol in the current document to change at all.
Specifies the scale factor that the symbol uses when you drag it into the active document. The scale factor used is relative to the model units of the symbol. For example, if you set the scale factor to 2 and the symbol has 1 cm square in model units, it displays 2 cm square when you drag it into the active document.
Specifies if you can scale the symbol after you place it in a document.
You can scale a symbol by clicking Scale on the Change toolbar or by dragging the symbol handles.
Allow Rotation By Relationships
Allows a symbol to change its orientation on the drawing sheet according to the applied relationships. If you clear the check box, the symbol does not change its orientation regardless of changes to its relationships.
This check box is available only when the symbol is an open document. You can open the symbol document (.sym) with the Open command on the File menu. When you set or clear this check box and close the symbol document, the setting affects the behavior of the symbol when it is dragged from the Browser / Symbol Explorer onto the drawing sheet.
The check box is clear by default. When the check box is clear, a symbol maintains its orientation to the drawing sheet when you move the symbol or other elements that are related to it. In the following example, the line and symbol share a dimensional relationship. The lower end of the symbol is grounded in place with a lock relationship.
If you edit the dimensional value of the driving dimension between the line and symbol to modify the position of the elements, the symbol does not change its orientation on the drawing sheet. The driving dimension changes to a driven dimension that is not to scale, as indicated by the underlined dimensional value.
When you set the Allow Rotation By Relationships check box, the symbol changes orientation on the drawing sheet according to the applied relationships. In the example, when you edit the dimensional value of the driving dimension to change the position of the elements, the symbol changes orientation on the drawing sheet, maintaining the dimensional relationships.
Treat as Paper
Displays a symbol in a drawing at a 1:1 ratio, regardless of the container scale. If you select Treat as Paper, you cannot select Lock Scale, change the scale, or change the photographic style scale.
Defines the behavior of nested symbols. The options are Public and Private. When you open a document that contains nested symbols, the public option displays these symbols, but the private option hides these symbols.