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I use stroke weights such as, 0.33, 0.66, etc on a very consistant basis. I would like to create custom line weights and save them in the stroke drop down menu so that they are always available. How can this be accomplished. Any ideas will be appreciated.

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Hi Michael,

There is no way to change the default stroke weights in the menu without breaking the application open and rewriting code. However, you can create some Graphic Styles that have your different weights and use that panel to apply them instead of the stroke drop down list.

Create your stroked line with the proper thickness, then drag the object into the Graphic Styles panel. Now draw a new 1 pt line and then click the Graphic Style to apply your size!

Hope you find this helpful.

Thanks

Kevin

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