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Creating single-line text

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Creating single-line text

No matter what you are drafting, at some point you are going to need to add some text. Fortunately, AutoCAD has several annotation tools to help you get the job done. In this lesson, we're going to look at single line text. On my screen, I have a mechanical example. This drawing contains a standard top view, front view, right-side view and an isometric view. Now I would like to create some simple labels for these views. In AutoCAD, we can create two types of text. Single Line and Multi-line Text. Since my labels are only going to be a couple of words, I am going to use the Single Line method.

Creating single-line text

No matter what you are drafting, at some point you are going to need to add some text. Fortunately, AutoCAD has several annotation tools to help you get the job done. In this lesson, we're going to look at single line text. On my screen, I have a mechanical example. This drawing contains a standard top view, front view, right-side view and an isometric view. Now I would like to create some simple labels for these views. In AutoCAD, we can create two types of text. Single Line and Multi-line Text. Since my labels are only going to be a couple of words, I am going to use the Single Line method.

First of all, take a look at my Layer control. Notice, I have created a layer for my text and I have set that Layer current. Next, I am going to move up to the Annotation panel, and I'll click this fly-out and I will select Single Line from the menu. Now I can choose the location where I would like to place my label. I am going to click right here and now AutoCAD is asking me for height. The text height is very important, because you want to make sure that your text is readable when the drawing is plotted. We'll talk about setting appropriate text heights a little bit later after we have talked about plotting.

For right now, I am going to use a text height of 0.55, and I will press Enter. Finally, AutoCAD wants a rotation angle. How do I want this text to read? Well, I could free pick a rotation angle on screen or I can enter a value. In this case, I am going to press my Enter key to accept the default value of 0. This will ensure that my text will read horizontally on screen. I will then enter my text. I will type TOP VIEW, I will press Enter and then I'll press Enter again to finish the command. Alright! Let's label the front view.

I am going to move back to the Ribbon, and since Single Line Text was our last choice, that becomes the default icon right here. I'll click to re-launch the command and then I'll pick a point on screen to place my label. I will then hit Enter to accept the default height and rotation angle, and I'll type FRONT VIEW, Enter, Enter. Let's try this. I'll press the Spacebar to re-launch the command. Let's label this view, make a point on screen, I'll press Enter through the defaults and we'll call this the RIGHT SIDE VIEW, Enter, Enter.

And I'd like to create one more label for the isometric view. Let's do that, and this time we'll use a rotation angle. I am going to re-launch the command and I'd like to start my text at the end point of this line, and let's make our text a little bit smaller. I am going to type 0.45 for my text type and I'll press Enter. Now, my rotation angle. rather than having this text read horizontally on screen, I am going to define the rotation angle by selecting the end point of this line. Then, I'll type ISOMETRIC VIEW and I'll press Enter twice.

Now, this text is a little bit close to the line. It's important to note that text is just like any other object in AutoCAD. We can treat it just like standard geometry. So I am going to launch the move command, then I'll select my text, and right-click, and I would like to pick this up from the end point of this line, and I will move it a little bit farther away. Single Line Text is the perfect choice for view labels, area labels, street names, title block information or any other annotation that doesn't require Paragraph Style formatting.

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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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