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AutoCAD

AutoCAD 2012
2012
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AutoCAD
AutoCAD LT
LT 2012
2012
Essentials
Essentials
By Scott Onstott
Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text

Text Styles

Fonts are associated with styles


When you specify a text height in a
style, all the text assigned to that
style is affected
By setting a styles text height to zero
you must specify the text height in
each individual text object assigned
to that style
Styles can have special effects
including width factor, oblique angle,
upside down and backwards

Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text

Font Types

TrueType fonts are the most common


fonts on Windows and Mac OS; they
are used by most programs
AutoCAD has additional SHX fonts
which were initially designed for pen
plotters (obsolete) but are still used
today for simple clear text faces
SHX fonts do not have the ability to be
emboldened or italicized
Use the oblique angle for faux italics

Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text

Text Justification

Justification options include


Align/Fit/Center/Middle/Right/TL/TC/TR/
ML/MC/MR/BL/BC/BR
Align and Fit justification require you to
specify the start and endpoints of a text
baseline
The justification point has Insert object
snap.

Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text

Multiline Text

You must specify opposite corners of a rectangle


when creating MTEXT
The rectangle is an estimate of the size of the
paragraph you will write or import
Changing the size of the MTEXT rectangle with grips
makes the text flow within it automatically

Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text

Text Editor Contextual Ribbon Tab

You will see the Text Editor tab when creating or editing MTEXT
in workspaces that support the ribbon
You will see the In-Place Editor toolbar in the AutoCAD Classic
workspace
You can import text into a MTEXT object after you specify the
opposite corners of its recangle

Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text

Bulleting, Lettering, and/or Numbering Lists

Highlight text you are interested in applying formatting to by dragging


out a selection within active MTEXT
Choose bullets, letters or numbers from the Bullets and Numbering
menu on the Text Editor contextual ribbon tab
Each time you press Enter a new delimiter will appear

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Multiline Text Properties

You can override the font of a style assigned to an


MTEXT object by highlighting text and choosing a
font in the Formatting panel
You have the ability to format any specific
character or characters within an MTEXT object in
terms of color, bold, underline, overline
Use the Background Mask button when you want
to avoid having text get lost amidst hatching or
other linework
Bold and italic are only available when the chosen
font supports it

Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text

Changing Existing Text Properties

Use Quick Properties to edit text contents, style


assignment, justification, annotative flag, height
and rotation
Use the Properties palette (PROPERTIES
command) to access additional properties not
listed on the Quick Properties palette by default
Double click a TEXT or MTEXT object to edit its
contents in place on the drawing canvas

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Creating Columns of Text

Columns are available only in the


MTEXT command
Drag the Column Height grip
upward to create additional
columns
Text will flow into additional
columns automatically when you
adjust the column height
Column width is adjusted with
the upper middle grip

Ch 10: Creating and Editing Text