New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 04 Annotating a Drawing
Illustration by Richard Downs

Editing text


From:

AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 04 Annotating a Drawing

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Editing text

Of all the editing tasks we do in AutoCAD, editing text is probably the easiest. That's because when we edit text we don't need any special commands. All we have to do is double-click. On my screen I have a detailed drawing. This drawing contains both single-line and multi-line text. Let's make some changes to the single line text first. We'll make the assumption that this drawing on the right should have been section A-A and the one on the left should have been section B-B. To make the change I'm going to double click on this text object, as you can see I can edit the text in place so I can see my changes within the context of the drawing.

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 04 Annotating a Drawing
1h 42m Beginner Sep 09, 2013

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Join CAD trainer Jeff Bartels, as he shows how to create and edit text and dimensions in your drawings, and control the appearance of those annotations using styles. Plus, learn to add callouts, aka multileaders, to highlight features or add notes to a drawing. The last chapter includes a drawing challenge that gives you a chance to use what you've learned, followed by a demonstration where Jeff shows how to solve the challenge.

Topics include:
  • Creating single-line text
  • Justifying text
  • Controlling appearance with styles
  • Building bulleted and numbered lists
  • Annotating with multiline text
  • Correcting spelling errors
  • Adding continuous and baseline dimensions
  • Creating and modifying multileaders
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Editing text

Of all the editing tasks we do in AutoCAD, editing text is probably the easiest. That's because when we edit text we don't need any special commands. All we have to do is double-click. On my screen I have a detailed drawing. This drawing contains both single-line and multi-line text. Let's make some changes to the single line text first. We'll make the assumption that this drawing on the right should have been section A-A and the one on the left should have been section B-B. To make the change I'm going to double click on this text object, as you can see I can edit the text in place so I can see my changes within the context of the drawing.

I'm going to click and then drag across this text. And I'll change this to a dash a. When I'm finished, I'll press Enter to accept and notice that AutoCAD stays in the text editing command. That means I can come right over here, click once on this text object. I'll click and drag across this text. And change this to B-B. I'll press Enter when I'm finished and then I'll press Escape to exit the command. At this point, you may be wondering how I underlined this single line text.

If I double click to edit, you can see there's no special icon here to add an underline. If you'd like to underline or remove the underline from single line text, press Ctrl+U. I'm going to press Ctrl+U again to bring the underline back. When I'm finished, I'll press Enter and then I'll press Escape to exit the command. Let's zoom out, I'll pan the drawing over. And we'll make some changes to this multi-line text. Same work flow. All I have to do is double-click on the text object.

AutocCAD brings back the text editor giving me access to all the same tools I had when I created this text in the first place. I'm going to click inside the editor. I'll press Enter a couple times and I'll add another note. Since I have additional text I suppose I could change this to notes now. I'm also going to drag across this and I'll make this text bold and italicized. I'd like to add a little emphasis to the word Storm Sewer as well. So I'll drag across that.

And, let's change it height to .125. When I'm finished making changes, I can come down and click the x to close the text editor. Or I could just click outside the column. Another way we can edit text is by using grips. If I select this text object, notice several grips pop up. I can use the one in the upper left to move the text object. I can use this one at the bottom to change the column height. And I can use the one in the upper right to change the column width. I'm going to click on this and I'll drag the column down and make it a little narrower.

When I'm finished I'll press Escape to deselect. If you wannna change the properties of the text, the fastest way to do this is by using the Properties palette. For example, I'm going to select both of these Bs. I'll come over to the Properties palette. Mine happens to be anchored to the interface. If yours is not you can press Ctrl+1 to bring your palette up on screen. If I drag the slider down We can find all of the text settings right here. I could adjust the text height if I wanted. I'm going to change this to .125.

I could also adjust its rotation or width factor. Probably one the most interesting settings is this one, contents. Being that both of these objects are the same, I can edit them both by changing this B to an A. I'll press Enter to accept that value. I will then move my cursor outside the palette and let it collapse. And then, I'll press Escape to deselect the objects. Let's do the same thing with these characters. I'll change their height to .125. And I'll change their contents to B.

When I'm finished, I'm going to double-click the wheel on my mouse to do a zoom extents. And I'll zoom out just a little bit. As you can see, text revisions are one of the easiest tasks we can accomplish in AutoCAD. Not only can we edit the text itself, we can also modify its properties without ever having to launch a command.

There are currently no FAQs about AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 04 Annotating a Drawing.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 04 Annotating a Drawing.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.