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Extracting Source Content from a LayOut File

Creating a LayOut document is mostly about bringing content into your document. But if you ever want to reuse or update a document’s referenced content in another format or program (and you don’t have the original file or updated the content after you imported it into your document), you can extract any file that your document references.

To extract a file referenced in a LayOut document, follow these steps:

  1. In the drawing area, context-click the referenced text, image, or SketchUp model.
  2. On the context menu that appears, select Open with Text Editor, Open with Image Editor, or Open with SketchUp, respectively. The referenced content opens in the default text editor, image editor, or SketchUp.
  3. Save the referenced content into a new file.

Tip: You can specify the default text editor or image editor in LayOut’s Applications preferences. Find out how in Setting Preferences.