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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.
AutoCAD's Annotative feature is a phenomenal tool. You see, by assigning an annotative scale to an object, that object will automatically size itself to match the scale of a viewport. That being said, if you have objects in your drawing that have multiple annotation scales they can be confusing to work with because each time you select them AutoCAD displays all of the possible sizes. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to hide the display of extra annotative scales. On my screen, I have a drawing of a small subdivision. Let me mention that all of the text items in this drawing are annotative and they support multiple scales.
I'm going to zoom in on one of the street names. And, if I hover over this notice that AutoCAD is showing me two annotative icons. This means this object supports multiple scale sizes. If I select this text, AutoCAD shows me all the sizes, and just for a second I'm going to come over to the Quick Properties tool and under Annotative scale I'm going to click and then I'll click the ellipsis button. And, we can see right here that this text is designed to display in a 10 scale, 30 scale, and 50 scale Viewport.
If we look closely over here we can see the three text sizes. Let's close this. Now sometimes having all of the sizes displaying on screen can make it hard to work on the file. I'm going to press Escape to deselect this. To hide the extra Scales you can use a system variable called SELECTIONANNODISPLAY. And rather than typing all that out I am just going to type s-e-l and then I'll press my Tab key a couple times to jump to the variable. Press Enter and then I'm going to change this value. Currently it's set to 1. 1 means on. I am going to change this to 0 to turn it off.
And, after I make the change if I select an Annotative object in my drawing AutoCAD only displays the current annotative scale size. So if you're someone who uses annotative objects that are meant to display at multiple scales try using the SELECTIONANNODISPLAY variable to hide the extra sizes. Making this change just might make it a little easier to work in your drawings.
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