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Controlling appearance using multileader styles

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Video: Controlling appearance using multileader styles

You were probably wondering and you were right, the appearance of your Multileaders is also controlled by a style. In this lesson, we're going to take a look at Multileader Styles. On my screen, I have a detail drawing and this drawing contains several Multileaders. Let me mention that all of the leaders in this drawing were created using the default Standard Multileader Style. Let's take a look. I'm going to click to open up the Annotation panel and right here, I can see the name of the current Multileader Style. it's called Standard. All drawings start with the Standard Multileaders Style.

Controlling appearance using multileader styles

You were probably wondering and you were right, the appearance of your Multileaders is also controlled by a style. In this lesson, we're going to take a look at Multileader Styles. On my screen, I have a detail drawing and this drawing contains several Multileaders. Let me mention that all of the leaders in this drawing were created using the default Standard Multileader Style. Let's take a look. I'm going to click to open up the Annotation panel and right here, I can see the name of the current Multileader Style. it's called Standard. All drawings start with the Standard Multileaders Style.

Just like text and dimensions, you need to have at least one style to create Multileaders. If I click this fly-out, we can see that Standard is the only style in this drawing. If I'd like to make changes to this style or create a new Multileader Style, I'll click the Multileader Style icon. This brings up the Multileader Style Manager, and notice this looks very similar to the Dimension Style Manager. In fact, it works the exact same way. Right here I can see the name of the Current style. On the left side I can see a listing of all of the Multileader Styles that have been defined in this drawing.

Using these buttons on the right, I can set a style Current, I can create a New style, I can Modify an existing style and I can Delete a style. Notice that the Delete button is grayed out right now. That's because I only have one Multileader Style in my drawing. Now, since I have already created several Multileaders in this file, I'm not going to create a new style right now. instead, we'll make changes to the existing one. If you did want to create a new style, you could click this New button and right here is where you could give the style a name, and just like with the Dimension Style, your new Multileader Style will start using the settings from an existing style.

I'm going to click Modify and notice that Multileader Styles have far fewer settings than a Dimension style. That's because there isn't as much too Multileaders. Essentially we have settings for the Leader Format, Leader Structure and Content. Now, we're not going to be going through all of the settings in this dialog box. One great place you can go to learn about Multileader settings is this hyperlink right down here. If you click this hyperlink, AutoCAD will give you more information about the concept of Multileaders and their styles. For information about specific settings, simply hover over it and AutoCAD will give you a more detailed description and don't forget about this preview.

This is a nice visual cue of what the style will look like. If you have questions about a style setting, change it and see how it affects the preview. I'm going to start by changing the Text height. Currently this is 0.18, I'm going to make this a little smaller, I'll make it 0.125, then I'll press OK and I'll click Close, and notice how all of my Multileaders are conforming to the new settings. I'd like to make one more change. Let's go back to the Multileader Style Manager, I'll click Modify, and I'm going to click on the Leader Structure tab, and I'd like to adjust the landing distance.

Right now, this is set to 0.36. This guy is controlling the length of this line. I'm going to highlight this value and I'll change it 0.15, I'll press Enter, then I'll click OK and Close. As you can see, Multileaders hold to the same principle as text and dimensions. Their appearance is controlled by a style which standardizes their look and makes it easy to make global changes.

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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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