Autocad Plot Style Table Pen Assignments Missing You


Your CTB plot styles (for example, LFX.ctb) are missing or unavailable, and you can't see them in the Plot Style Table pull-down menu in the Page Setup dialog box.



You might see one or more STB files in the Plot Style Table menu, as pictured to the right.



Or the menu might be completely blank, as pictured to the left.


Missing PC3 Files

Are your PC3 files missing from the Printer/plotter menu? If so, please see our Missing PC3 Files article.




This issue has different causes, depending on what you see (or don't see) in the Plot Style Table menu.


Potential Cause #1:


If you see STB files in the menu, it means your CTB files have either been deleted or converted to STB files.

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Potential Cause #2:

If the menu is completely blank, the the Printer Configuration Search Path in the CAD Options dialog box is most likely assigned to the wrong folder.

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Solution #1: Converting STB Files to CTB Files


If you see STB files in the Plot style table menu, you'll need to convert these STB plot files (also known as named plot files) to CTB, or color-dependent, plot styles.


It might sound complex, but this is actually a quick and simple process.



First, type CONVERTPSTYLES in the Command line and press Enter.



You'll see a message that the command will convert a Named plot style drawing to use Color Dependent plot styles.



Click OK to convert the STB plot styles to CTB styles.




You should now be able to select your CTB style from the Plot Style Table pull-down menu in the Page Setup dialog box.



Verifying the Conversion

To verify that the conversion was successful, return to the Page Setup dialog box and expand the Plot Style Table pull-down menu.



If you've closed the dialog box, open the Page Setup Manager using one of the following methods:


Output ribbon, Page Setup Manager button







typing PageSetup in the Command line

File menu, Page Setup Manager option




In the Page Setup Manager, click Modify.




The Page Setup dialog box will open. Expand the Plot style table pull-down menu.



The menu should now contain your CTB plot styles (files ending in .ctb).



You can now select the CTB plot style you want to use when you plot.




Solution #2: Point the Printer Configuration Search Path to the Correct Folder


If the Plot style table menu is completely blank, you'll need to go into the CAD Options dialog box and assign the Printer Configuration Search Path to the folder where your office's CTB files are stored.


Open the Options dialog box using one of the following methods:


Manage ribbon, Options button




typing Options in the Command line





right-clicking in the Command line and selecting Options from the menu

Tools pull-down menu



You may receive a message that the Printer Style Table Search Path is invalid. You'll be correcting that issue with the following steps, so you can close the message.



In the Options dialog box, select the Files tab.



Expand the Printer Support File Path by clicking the plus (+) sign to the left.



Expand the Plot Style Table Search Path in the same way.



Check the folder path listed under Plot Style Table Search Path.



If this path is not pointing to the folder where your office stores your CTB files, click on it to highlight it. Then click Remove.




You'll now point the path to the correct folder: 


1. With the Plot Style Table Search Path still highlighted, click Add.


2. Click Browse.


3. Browse to the folder where your office's CTB files are stored.


4. Click Apply.





You should now see your CTB files in the plotter menu.



More on CTB Plot Styles

CTB, or color-dependent, plot styles are settings for how the 256 available colors in AutoCAD will appear when you plot them, including the lineweight assigned to each color. Each CTB style is stored in a separate file in your Land F/X / Admin folder. When you use CTB styles, you are essentially adapting some or all of the colors 0 through 255 to meet your office standards for plotting. You can use Color Plot Styles to plot in black and white or color. 

For more information, see our About CTB Plot Styles page.

The solution below is straight out of AutoCad Help (F1 key) for Windows. It should be the same for Mac. This is a pretty basic legacy function in AutoCad, so I can't imagine them changing it just for the Mac. If it does not work, or does not have the same command(s), hit F1 and search for stb. Something there will be helpful.

I noticed your plot style is unnamed.stb. Plot styles ending in the .stb extension are not color dependent plot styles. You probably will have to convert the drawing you are using, to work with color dependent plot styles, those that end in .ctb extension. Color dependent plot styles can react to the incoming object color, and plot different colors and line weights instead of the incoming properties. Once you convert the drawing you will see the .ctb extension on the available plot style list.

Then you can edit one of the plot styles to plot the output color and/or line weight based on the incoming (existing) object color. Do not permanently change the plot styles that come with AutoCad, Save As... a new plotstyle.

I suggest starting with acad.ctb, the default color plotstyle. It will currently plot all existing colors without changing anything, and prints every lineweight as the default lineweight. It is up to you to customize it and save it as a new plotstyle table (New.ctb file).

Solution to use color dependent plot styles:
The drawing has been associated with STB styles. To resolve this, enter CONVERTPSTYLES in command line. A dialog box will show up notifying you that your named plot styles will be removed and that the drawing will be converted from named plot style to Color Dependent mode.


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