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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets
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Removing formatting from MTEXT


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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Removing formatting from MTEXT

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.
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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 47m 11s
    1. Adding relevant data to Quick Properties and tooltips
      5m 38s
    2. Creating custom ribbon tabs and panels
      8m 55s
    3. Creating macro-enabled tools
      10m 29s
    4. Increasing speed with command aliases
      4m 44s
    5. Finding commands and system variables using Auto Complete
      2m 35s
    6. Optimizing the size of palettes
      3m 17s
    7. Accessing drawings using Favorites
      2m 25s
    8. Controlling notification bubbles
      2m 24s
    9. Restoring hidden messages
      3m 53s
    10. Following a blog from within AutoCAD
      2m 51s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Disabling mode settings on the fly
      3m 28s
    2. Finding hatch boundaries in busy drawings
      3m 32s
    3. Generating boundaries from difficult shapes
      2m 20s
    4. Calculating the overall length of multiple entities
      6m 16s
    5. Calculating the area of multiple shapes
      4m 42s
    6. Flattening geometry to a single elevation
      4m 0s
    7. Trimming all entities to one side of an object
      2m 42s
    8. Eliminating duplicated geometry
      5m 10s
    9. Creating true offsets
      3m 44s
    10. Finding errors when joining multiple entities
      6m 48s
    11. Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
      2m 24s
    12. Solving expressions using the command prompt calculator
      5m 1s
    13. Using the Calculator palette
      10m 25s
  4. 21m 17s
    1. Bringing all text objects to the front
      1m 20s
    2. Underlining single-line text
      1m 21s
    3. Managing numbered and lettered lists
      3m 36s
    4. Creating superscript and subscript text
      3m 18s
    5. Removing formatting from MTEXT
      3m 26s
    6. Using fields to identify who revised a drawing
      3m 10s
    7. Squeezing text into tight spaces
      3m 5s
    8. Hiding extra annotative scales
      2m 1s
  5. 16m 55s
    1. Creating "one-click" dimensions
      1m 52s
    2. Dimensioning angles greater than 180 degrees
      1m 40s
    3. Creating dynamic dimension breaks
      2m 20s
    4. Making linear dimensions act like aligned dimensions
      2m 44s
    5. Finding dimensions with false values
      1m 38s
    6. Creating parent/child dimension styles
      4m 45s
    7. Making dimensions easier to read
      1m 56s
  6. 14m 40s
    1. Making global edits to attribute data
      4m 1s
    2. Clipping references using curved geometry
      2m 21s
    3. Exchanging one block symbol for another
      3m 3s
    4. Using drag-and-drop to insert content
      3m 17s
    5. Creating a block library in two clicks
      1m 58s
  7. 10m 42s
    1. Making global changes to layer names
      3m 19s
    2. Converting all object properties to BYLAYER
      1m 43s
    3. Navigating layer lists using the keyboard
      2m 5s
    4. Producing a hard copy of the layer settings
      1m 34s
    5. Removing stubborn layers
      2m 1s
  8. 25m 1s
    1. Accessing viewports within viewports
      3m 21s
    2. Creating viewports with islands
      6m 5s
    3. Creating legends using the Change Space tool
      3m 55s
    4. Rotating viewport content to match layout
      4m 55s
    5. Importing layouts from template files
      2m 3s
    6. Visualizing multiple design alternates
      4m 42s
  9. 30m 18s
    1. Consolidating backup files into a single folder
      2m 48s
    2. Launching applications from within AutoCAD
      3m 53s
    3. Creating custom linetypes
      5m 9s
    4. Incorporating symbols into custom linetypes
      2m 48s
    5. Salvaging data from a corrupt drawing
      3m 57s
    6. Applying hyperlinks to drawing objects
      3m 34s
    7. Converting drawings from name-based to color-based plot styles
      2m 0s
    8. Identifying the owner of a drawing
      1m 18s
    9. Incorporating drawings into PowerPoint presentations
      4m 51s
  10. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets
3h 48m Intermediate Jan 31, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating macro enabled tools
  • Using Auto Complete
  • Disabling tool mode settings on the fly
  • Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
  • Using the Calculator palette
  • Formatting text
  • Creating parent/child dimension styles
  • Making dimensions easier to read
  • Making global edits to attribute data and layer names
  • Exchanging one block symbol for another
  • Inserting content using drag and drop
  • Navigating layer list using the keyboard
  • Importing layouts from template files
  • Consolidating backup files
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Removing formatting from MTEXT

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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