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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 does a great job automating lettered and numbered lists. Even so, there is a possibility when editing a list that it might get out of sequence. In this lesson we are going to learn how to revise the order of an automated list. On my screen I have an example of some general notes. As you can see, we have a numbered list with some lettered lists nested inside. Let's start by removing point number two. Maybe I'd like to have these two lettered lists under the same heading. To do that I'm going to double-click to bring up the Text Editor and then I will drag across this text.
I'll press Backspace and then I'll press Backspace a couple more times to clean up the spacing. Now notice that AutoCAD did a nice job renumbering these items. However, my lettered list is out of sequence. ABC is good, but the rest of this has to change. To correct the list, I'm going to click, hold, and drag all of the items that I'd like to fix. I'll right-click and under Bullets and Lists, I'll select Continue. As you can see, AutoCAD continues my list starting with the next letter after C.
When I'm finished, I'll click the X to close the Text Editor. Now let's say I'd like to restore point number 2. Once again I'll double-click my text, I'm going to click after point C, and I'll press Enter. Of course, AutoCAD thinks I'm adding to the lettered list. Now I don't want to do that, so I'll press Backspace to take that away. I am going to type 2 period. and then the tab key so that AutoCAD knows that this is part of a numbered list. I'll type UTILITY COORDINATION, and I'll press Enter.
Notice AutoCAD formats the margins properly. However, I do have an extra number now. I am going to press Backspace to take that away. I'll backspace one more time. Let's fix a couple of other formatting issues. I am going to click-hold-and-drag across this point and I would like to underline this, and I'd like to change its Text Type to 0.1, so it matches the other numbered items. Let's do one more thing. I'm going to click after note C and I'll hold my Shift key and press Enter to add a blank space.
All right, once again my lettered list is out of sequence. To correct this I'm going to click-hold-and- drag to select all of these lettered items. I'll right-click and in Bullets and Lists I'll select Restart. When I'm finished, I'll click the X to close the Text Editor. Now notice we have one more issue. With all of my editing, my numbered list has gotten out of sequence. I am going to double- click to bring up the Editor. If I click hold and drag to the left, notice that I can't get access to this number. That's because the number is being generated automatically.
Unfortunately, it's also wrong. To correct this, I'm going to right- click and under Bullets and Lists I'm going to come down and remove the check next to allow bullets and Lists, and I'll click Continue. This essentially turns the list feature off and now I have access to any of these text items. So I am going to manually change this to a three and then I'll right-click. I'll go back to the menu and I'll turn the Bullets and Lists feature back on, and I'll click Continue.
As you can see, my number is fixed and if I was to click after this point and press Enter, notice AutoCAD picks up with the number four. I am going to click Backspace to remove the 4 and the extra space and when I am finished I'll click the X to close the Editor. So, even though our lists in AutoCAD are completely automated, there is a chance that they might get out of order. If so, AutoCAD allows us to continue, restart, or manually edit a list to suit any need.
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