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Annotating with multi-line text

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Annotating with multi-line text

Sometimes, we have to go beyond single-line notes and create paragraphs of text. At times like these, it's nice to know that AutoCAD has a fully featured word processor. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create multiline text. On my screen, I have a detailed drawing that I've been working on. I'm at the point where I'd like to create some general notes. As you can see, I'm practicing good form. If I open up the Annotation panel, you can see I have created a text style for my notes. I have also created a layer for my notes, and I've set that layer current. Now, since these notes may exceed a couple of paragraphs, I'm going to create them using Multiline Text.

Annotating with multi-line text

Sometimes, we have to go beyond single-line notes and create paragraphs of text. At times like these, it's nice to know that AutoCAD has a fully featured word processor. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create multiline text. On my screen, I have a detailed drawing that I've been working on. I'm at the point where I'd like to create some general notes. As you can see, I'm practicing good form. If I open up the Annotation panel, you can see I have created a text style for my notes. I have also created a layer for my notes, and I've set that layer current. Now, since these notes may exceed a couple of paragraphs, I'm going to create them using Multiline Text.

To launch the command, I'm going to move up to the Annotation panel and I'll click this fly-out and I'll select Multiline Text from the menu. Before I create my real paragraph, let's pan the drawing over, and we'll create a demonstration paragraph over here to the right, so we can get an idea of how the tool works. I'm going to zoom in a little bit, and then I'll start by picking a point on screen and moving down into the right. Essentially, what I'm doing is defining a rectangle that represents the size of my column of text. I'll click to finish the rectangle, and then I can start typing.

This is an example of multi-line text. Notice I now have word wrap. Notice one more thing: we have a new Text Editor tab in the Ribbon. We will see this tab anytime we're creating or editing multiline text. You'll quickly find that the features in this editor are very similar to the features in Microsoft Word. So, if you're familiar with Word at all, you can leverage that experience right here in AutoCAD. First of all, notice, there is a ruler at the top of the editor.

Now, if your ruler is not showing up on screen, this can be turned off. The icon is right here. This will toggle it on and off. This ruler shows us the location of our tab stops. If I click to place my cursor in front of this text, and then I press my Tab key, and I press it again, and again, you can see the location of the tab stops. I'm going to press my Backspace key to remove this formatting. If you'd like to add your own custom tab stops, you can click on the ruler. Now, when I press my Tab key, it will stop at my custom location.

To remove a custom tab stop, click, hold, and drag it off of the ruler. Once again, I'm going to press Backspace to remove this formatting. If I click-and-hold on this diamond at the end of the ruler, I can drag this left and right to adjust my column width. Let's take a look at our Ribbon. Right here I have some Formatting options. If I click, hold, and drag and select this text, I can click this icon to make it bold, I can click this one to italicize it, I can also underline it or overline it. Let me click to turn these off, and let's talk about some of the paragraph justification options.

By default, this text goes in left-justified. If I click, hold, and drag to select this text, I can click this icon to center-justify it. Now, here is a slight problem. This is a bug in the program. Notice, AutoCAD only center-justified this top line. Actually, everything is fine. We just won't see the justification until we close the editor. Watch this! I'm going to come over and click the X to close the editor. As you can see, everything is fine. It's not a huge problem. Hopefully, they'll clean this up with the first service pack. To get back into the editor, I'll double click on this text.

Notice, I have an icon here to right-justify the text. I can also full-justify or I can full-justify with distributed text. I am going to click, hold, and drag. I'll select this, and I'll set it back to Left-Justified, and then I'll click the X to close the editor. Now that we have the general idea of how to create multiline text, I'm going to launch my Erase command and I'll erase this paragraph. We'll pan the drawing over, and we'll create some real general notes in this drawing. First of all, I'll launch the Multiline Text tool.

I can do that by clicking the fly-out, or since this is the last command that we launched, I can re-launch it by clicking the large icon right here. I will then click on the screen to start my column, and just for a second, take a look at that abc character. This text represents my current text type. Right now, that's a little bit large. I'd like to make it a little bit smaller. Take a look at my command line. Notice there are some suboptions here, one of which is Height. Before I finish my column, I'm going to right-click and select Height from the menu. I'm going to give this text a height of 0.15.

Then I'll move over here to the right and I'll click to finish my column. Now, I can start typing my notes. Now that I'm finished, I could make some final tweaks. I could click-and-hold on this diamond and adjust my column width if I like. I would like to make one change. I'm going to click, hold, and drag to select this text, and then I'll move up and click this icon to underline it. When I'm finished, I can close the editor. Here's a shortcut: we don't have to come all the way across the screen and click this X, so long as I click any place outside the editor itself, it will close automatically.

Multiline Text or MText, as it's also called, will definitely be your first choice for all of the notes and callouts you create in your drawing. You'll find the Multiline Text editor to be as close to a professional quality word processor as you can get while still being inside of CAD program.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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