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In AutoCAD 2011: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets, Jeff Bartels shows AutoCAD users how to become more efficient power users, reducing the amount of time it takes to accomplish a task, increasing profit margins, and strengthening marketplace competitiveness. The course covers everything from shortcuts used in geometry creation, to program customization, to real world solutions to common problems. Interface customization, block and reference management skills, and express tool usage are also covered. Exercise files are included with the course.
As your drawings increase in size, it's easy for your annotations to get buried beneath line work or hatch. If you create your annotations on multiple layers, it becomes even more difficult to ensure that those labels remain at the front of the drawing. In this lesson, we're going to learn an easy way to select all of our annotations regardless of layer and bring them to the front of all other objects. On my screen I have a drawing of a small subdivision. If I zoom in, you can see that I have several text labels in this file. I also have quite a bit of hatch.
Now as I was creating my hedge, some of my labels got covered up. As you can see, a couple of my labels are being obscured by hatch, as are some of my Top of Foundation labels, and if I wave around up here you can see that some of my finished great elevations are also being obscured. I'm going to do a zoom extends and to fix this I'm going to move up to the Modified panel and I'll open the Draw Order fly-out and I'll come down and select Bring Text to Front. This selects all of my labels regardless of the layer they may be on and draw orders them to the front of the drawing.
Next I'll type re to regenerate the drawing and then we'll zoom in and take a look at the difference. So no matter how many annotations you may have in a drawing, even if they are on several different layers, you can always be certain that your labels are visible by using the Text to Front tool.
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