Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Modifying text, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- In the previous video, we added some text to the lounge area of our house drawing. We're staying in that house drawing so I'm still using the 9_Annotating_HOUSE_Complete.dwg. You should have followed along using 9_Annotating_HOUSE.dwg and you're saving it as you go each time you make a change to the drawing. There's our "Lounge" text and our multi-line text telling us that it's carpeted to specification. This piece of text is single-line text. So what happens if I want to modify that text? I would click on it, and then double-click, and you can see it highlight.
Just like any other piece of text I can now highlight it like in a word processor, and I might change that now to "Living Room", for example. And then I press Enter once. Job done. I've edited that piece of text. That's how quick and easy it is to edit a piece of single-line text. Now, I'm using a particular Text Style. But the good thing is I haven't got a specific height, because I've left the height of the text at zero in the Text Style. So what happens now if I want to change the particular Text Style that this text is using? What I would do first of all is go and look at the Text Styles themselves.
I'd go here to the Annotation pull-down, click on the A with the Paintbrush, and have a look at my Text Styles. Let's have a look. I've got some Logo text there. That's slightly different. That's an Arial font, and it's Bold Italic. So I could potentially use that instead. So how do I change that and modify the text to use that new Text Style? FIrst thing you would do is you don't even have to set it as the current Text Style. I would just cancel that and I'd go into the Annotate tab on the AutoCAD ribbon. You'll notice there if I select that piece of text like that at the moment it's using the HVMO Text Style.
If I click on the down arrow there, there's all my Text Styles. The nice thing about the newer versions of AutoCAD is I get this little preview. As I move around it even shows me what they look like using each particular Text Style. I could use the Logo text, like that, or I could use the Hand style which is actually rather nice. I'm going to use that Hand Text Style, like that. That actually makes it stand out. Gives it a little bit of character. I just press Esc there, like so, to deselect it. If I want to modify the other piece of text, it's the same process.
I select this text here, like so, and it's still using the HVMO Text Style. If I click on the down arrow there, and also select the Hand style. Can you see? It updates. Or I could use the Logo style. The Hand style looks much better, because it matches the "Living Room" text. I've changed it there. Don't forget as well, once it's selected I can double-click on it and I can actually edit it using the Text Editor tab on the ribbon as well. I could change that to "Specification".
Like so. Because that's obviously a longer word, It's wrapped it round based on the space that I've set on the text. No problem, I just click away. Click on the text like so, use my Drag Anchor here, just drag that along a bit, click there, and I've resized that Text Box used for the multi-line text as well. So, that's how you change and modify your text in an AutoCAD drawing. You can change the text itself, change the Text Style it uses. If you want to change the layer, very very easy, you just select the text, go to the Home tab on the ribbon into the Layer Panel, change the Text Layer that you may be using.
So all these different settings for your text can be used to modify your text in your AutoCAD drawing. Again, practice makes perfect. Make sure that you use these tools, practice them, ready for your certification exam.
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Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.