Data shortcuts allow the cross-referencing of design data between drawings. To this end, the data is what is made available, and it’s important to note that the appearance can be entirely different between the host and any number of data shortcuts. We’ll use the term data shortcut or, more simply, shortcut when we discuss selecting, modifying, or updating these links between files.
There are two primary situations in which you need data or information across drawings, and they are addressed with external references (XRefs) or shortcuts. These two options are similar but not the same. Let’s compare:
XRef Functionality An XRef is used when the goal is to get a picture of the information in question. XRefs can be changed by using ...