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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.
It's very common to find numbered lists on construction drawings. In the past, it was always a headache to add or remove items from a numbered list, because it meant a lot of manual renumbering. Well, that's not the case anymore because all of the lists in AutoCAD are fully automated and easy to change. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create a numbered list. On my screen, I have a drawing of a split rail fence detail and I would like to add a list of notes to this drawing. Now I've already given myself some space over here to the right and I'm practicing good form. I've created a layer from my Notes.
I've also created a text style. To create my list, I'm going to use Multiline Text. I'll click to set the first corner. Then I'll move down and I'll click to set the size of my column. Let's zoom in a little bit and I'll start entering my notes. I'll type Notes. I'll press Enter. I'll add my first number. Here's the trick to creating a numbered list. Press the Tab key after placing the number. That signifies to AutoCAD that you're creating a list. I will then add my note.
When I press Enter, notice that AutoCAD adds the next number for me as well as adjusting the formatting and word wrap. Now all I have to do is keep adding my notes and AutoCAD will take care of everything else. Now that I'm finished adding my notes, I'm going to make a couple of formatting changes of my own. First, I'm going to select this text. Then I'll underline it. Then I'm going to click and hold on this diamond. I'll make my column a little bit wider. When I'm finished, I'll click on screen to close the editor.
Now let's take a look at how easy it is to change your numbered list. I'll start by double-clicking on the text. It just brings back the editor. Let's say I'd like to add a note. To do that, I'll click to place my cursor at the end of my last note. Then I'll press Enter and AutoCAD picks up right where we left off. Now maybe I'd like to remove a note, maybe one of these notes in the middle of the list. To do that I'll select the text and then I'll press the Delete key. Then I'll press Backspace a couple of times to remove the number.
Notice how AutoCAD renumbers the list for me. Now this text is kind of close together, maybe I'd like to add some space between these notes. Let me show you how we can do that. You might think that we could click at the end of a note and then press Enter. Unfortunately, AutoCAD thinks that we want to add another note. Now I can press Backspace to remove this number. This is actually what I want. But let me show you a faster way to create a blank space. Place your cursor at the end of the note and then hold down your Shift key and press Enter. I am going to add a few more spaces to this list.
When I'm finished, I'll click on screen to close the editor. Let's try something else. I'm going to double-click to select the text, and maybe I don't want this to be a numbered list. Maybe I'd like it to be a bulleted list. To make that change, I'll click-hold-and-drag and I'll select my text. Then I'll move up to the Paragraph panel. I'll click the Bullets and Numbering icon. This controls the type of list that I have. I will then come down and select Bulleted from the menu. If I don't like this look, I can always come back and click the icon.
Maybe I'd like this to be a Lettered list and I'd like the letters to be Uppercase. As you can see AutoCAD lists are very flexible. Creating and editing a list is as easy as using your favorite word processing program.
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