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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 Multiline Text Editor doesn't have to be your only method of creating text. If you or someone on your project team uses Microsoft Word, you can copy and paste data from Word directly into the Editor. Now if you import content from a program like Microsoft Word, the text you bring in may have some overrides applied to the formatting. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to strip any font or color properties from pasted text. On my screen I have a drawing that represents some general notes. If I select this you can see that this is MText and it was created using a text style called Notes.
If I open the Text Style Editor we can see that the Notes Text Style is assigned to the Simplex font. So the appearance of this text represents how I want all of my general notes to look. All right, let's say that I have submitted this drawing for review and I've received some comments. I am going to jump over to Microsoft Word and we can see the suggested changes. Apparently I need to add these three utility coordination notes. Well rather than retyping these I'm going to copy and paste this information into AutoCAD.
To do that I will drag to select this text, I will right-click and I'll select copy, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C. I will then return to AutoCAD and then I will double-click to edit my text and right here inside the Utility Coordination notes I'm going to click after note D and I will press Enter. Now AutoCAD is adding a letter E for me. I am going to press Backspace to take that away, and then I will right-click and select Paste. We can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V. Let's zoom in and notice that the pasted text retains the same formatting that it had in Word.
I, however, would like all of my notes to look the same. So I'm going to click, hold-and-drag to select this text. I am even going to select this extra space down here and then I'll right-click. I'll come down to Remove Formatting and I'll select Remove Character Formatting. Note that I can also remove Paragraph Formatting or All Formatting. As you can see the text is now conforming to my text style. As long as we are here let's adjust a couple more things. I would like this text to be all caps, like my other text. So I'm going to right-click.
I will come down to Change Case and I will select Uppercase. Let's adjust the paragraph formatting. I'm going to click-and-drag my Paragraph tab such that my text lines up with the other text. Then I will click-and-drag the first- line tab to line up my labels as well. I will then click after note D and I'll press Shift+Enter to add a blank space. Pan this up slightly and I'll click after note C here and I'll press Delete a couple times to remove the extra spaces. Now I am going to zoom out. We will pan this down.
Let's take care of our list.Currently the labels are out of order. I'm going to click, hold-and-drag to select this text I'll right-click and under Bullets and Lists, I am going to select Lettered > Uppercase, and note that AutoCAD picks up right after the letter D. when I'm finished I'll click on screen to close the Editor. Now this demonstration represents just a couple of notes. Think of the time you could save by copying paragraphs of text from other sources. When working as part of a project team you may receive text information from several places.
Fortunately you never have to retype anything because AutoCAD makes it easy to copy and paste the data, and if necessary, remove any unwanted formatting.
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