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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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