There are a lot of users who are not using the Project Navigator in their AutocCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP. This is fine but you do not have the capabilities to utilize the transferring of standards that is only associated with the Project Navigator. The following will help you get your customized styles and displays from one project or main template to the next. This procedure is also good to use if you find that your styles are corrupt and a file clean up doesn't work. Here are Autodesk's instructions on cleaning up a possible corrupt drawing file: http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=TS18809891
Open your existing drawing and perform a save as so that you are not working with the true working file. Now open your drawing/template with your styles.
NOTE: It is good practice to always save a drawing that has all your custom settings and styles as a template (.dwt). You can save your dwt in the software template file location C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\MEP 2013\enu\Template, but always save a copy to your hard drive or network this way you will always have it saved in a safe place where it will not be altered, accidentally overwritten or deleted. Why you ask, If you were to run a repair or a uninstall/reinstall you will lose your file(s) if saved in the Autodesk folders.
How to transfer Styles and Display Representations:
From the ribbon go to the Manage tab > Style & Display Panel. Click on Style Manager or type at the Command line: STYLEMANAGER to bring up the style manager. Do not click on the sub styles in the Style Manager drop down menu, we want to be able to view everything in the style manager.
You will see your template file and your current project name in the Style Manager. Expand the drawings styles by clicking on the plus symbol next to the drawings name.
You will want to go through each of your drawings/projects objects and purge them. I have found this useful if there are styles that are in your project that are corrupt or causing objects to appear incorrectly. You will do this by right clicking on the main title such as "Architectural Objects" and click on Purge. You will then see the Select Styles Types dialog box indicating what is going to be purged out if there are any styles you wish to keep, uncheck the box next to the style and click the OK button. You will repeat this for all your object styles.
Now expand your template file in the Style manager. You will right click on Architectural Objects > select Copy > and then back to your project/drawing and you will right click and select Paste. You are essentially importing your template styles into your drawing that is why the Import/Export-Duplicate Names Found dialog box comes up. Scroll through the list of styles and confirm if you want to do the following;
- Leave Existing: This will only bring in the custom or styles that are not currently in your project/drawing file.
- Overwrite Existing: This will overwrite same named styles and bring in the new styles as well.
- Rename to Unique: You can use this option if you are unsure and do not want to remove your current drawings styles but you still want to overwrite and bring in the templates styles. You will be able to give your same named files a different name so you will still have them.
You will go through the same process with the Display Manager to bring in your custom display Configurations, Sets, and Representations by Object.