Toolbar / Icon:
Menu: Block > Explode
Shortcut: X, P
Commands: explode | xp


Converts block references, polylines, splines, ellipses, texts, dimensions and hatches into more basic entities. Dimensions are split up into lines, triangles and text entities. Text entities are split into lines, arcs and splines if appropriate. Splines are converted into polylines with line segments. Ellipses are converted into polylines with arc segments. Polylines are split up into loose segments.


  1. Select the entities you want to explode.
  2. Launch this tool to explode the selected entities.
  3. Repeat step 2 to further break up the selected entities if desired. If an entity cannot be further broken up, it remains unchanged.