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How to Create Attribute Definitions in AutoCAD 2014
By Bill Fane from AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies
You use the Attribute Definition dialog box in AutoCAD 2014 to create attribute definitions. (Clever, eh?) The steps are similar
to creating a text string except that you must supply a little more information. Create attribute definitions by following these
1. Change to the layer on which you want to create the attribute definition.
2. To run the ATTdef command, click Define Attributes in the Block panel slideout on the Home tab.
You rarely need to use any of the first four Mode settings (Invisible, Constant, Verify, or Preset). Leave them deselected. If
you’re curious about what the modes do, hover the mouse pointer over an item; if that doesn’t give you enough
information, use the Help button in the dialog box to find out more.

3. Select or deselect the Lock Position check box.
If Lock Position is selected, the attributes can’t be relocated within the block reference and the whole thing is treated as a
single object. Deselecting Lock Position allows attributes to be moved by dragging their grips, without moving the block
reference as a whole.
4. Select or deselect the Multiple Lines check box.
Selecting Multiple Lines in the Mode area disables the Default text box and displays a button to open the Multiline Editor.
By default, you don’t see the whole panoply of formatting options of the mText command’s In-Place Text Editor, but you
can overscore or underscore text; and from a right-click menu, you can import text, assign a background mask, or choose
from a number of other options. Setting the value of the system variable ATTIPE (Attribute In-Place Editor) to 1 enables

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type values for the tag (the unique identifier for the attribute). and boundary width (the last for multiline attributes only).For Dummies 2 of 3 http://www. text style. and then copy the first attribute definition and edit the copy by using the Properties palette. An attribute definition’s insertion point is similar to a text string’s base point. The text you enter in this step is the default value stored in the attribute definition.dummies. Court Systems How to Easily Cut 500 Calories Every Day (Learnist) 9 Inspiring Quotes From People Who Made Unbelievable Comebacks (The Huffington Post) Coffee Effects on Blood Sugar (DiabetesCare. rotation. The name you type in the Tag text box can’t contain spaces.How to Create Attribute Definitions in AutoCAD 2014 . (Optional) If you select the Multiple Lines check box in Step 4. Remember to use snap. Click OK to create the attribute definition. filename. The text properties for attribute definitions are the same as those for text objects. 10. Dummies Recommends From Around the Web How to Connect Your Android Tablet to a TV with an HDMI Connection 10 Cloud Computing Skills Every IT Pro Must Master (Build Your Best Cloud) Ten Things Never to Do in China Why Gartner Believes the Internet of Things Will Disrupt Data Center Management (CIO) Knowing Your Debits from Your Credits How to Delete Old Backup Files in Windows 7 How To Make An Effective Presentation (Innovative Thinking System) Getting to Know the U. To create a series of attribute definitions in neat rows for a single block. and you can change it when you insert the block. 8. such as date. Select the Specify On-Screen check box to choose an insertion point for the attribute definition. 11.. text height. click the Multiline Editor button (it shows three periods) to enter the multiline default attribute value and add any formatting. or another precision tool if you want the eventual attribute values to be located at a precise point. You can prevent attributes from being dragged around the block by selecting the Lock Position check box in the Attribute Definition dialog box. annotative property. Repeat Steps 1–10 for any additional attribute definitions. object snap. create the first one by using Steps 1–10. all formatting options in the In-Place Text Editor. specify the justification. and then select the Align Below Previous Attribute Definition check box for the subsequent definitions. (Optional) Click the Insert Field button to the right of the Default text box to insert a field.. In the Text Settings area. 6. 7. and system variable settings. create the first one by following Steps 1–9. the user prompt.S. and the default Recommended by Advertisement 12/23/2014 3:27 PM . Attribute values can include fields that update automatically. 5. The Prompt and Default text boxes may contain spaces. In the Attribute area. though. 9. then click To make a series of nonadjacent attributes.

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