Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using tables, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
We're staying in our nine annotating house complete drawing, as usual, and you know the drill for your drawing as well. We're now going to look at another really neat bit of annotation available to you in AutoCAD and that's tables. And what I'm going to show you here is how to place a table, set up a table style as well, just to place a very simple dual schedule in the layout tab. I have a tendency to place tables in the layout tab, it's entirely up to you. But if you're going to start linking data such as fields, it's quite a good idea to place your table in the model tab first, and then scale it up in a different viewport in the layout tab.
However, we're just going to place a simple table so that you're aware of the process, so that it's ready for you to revise for your professional certification exam. So, we're staying in the same drawing, but we're in the D-Sized model tab in this particular case. Now we might as well stay in the dimensions layer for now, it's no biggie. It's just a layer at the end of the day. But you might want to create a separate tables layer in the same way that you might have a separate dimensions layer. So let's have a look at the table command and the table styles.
Now, the table command is here, as you could see, you have a table command on the annotation panel in the home tab. My suggestion is go to the annotate tab on the ribbon in this case, and use the tables flyout here on the panel like so. So there's table, extract data, link data, and so on. We're going to go along here, just here, to click on the little arrow for table style, first of all. So we've got a standard table style, so what we're going to do, we're going to create a new one, and this is going to be door schedule.
So type that in and make sure you spell it correctly and just start with the standard one and click on continue. Now what we've got here is a standard table. So you could see title, header, data. And what we're going to do is we're just going to edit some of the settings here. So you could see in each cell style, where you've got data, header and title which are here in the preview. So I could go to data first, you could see the fill color is none, the alignment is top center, I quite often make that middle center like so. Format is general, type is data. Go to the text tab for the data. The text style is standard, which is fine.
Text height three sixteenths, but change the text color to by layer. Especially if you've got your own tables layer, for example. And then we'll do the same again for the header, but we'll just make the text height bigger, we'll make that half an inch, like so. And the text color again, by layer, and then we'll go here as well, the boarders could be changed as well if you want. And we'll click on general there, all the settings could be changed if need be. And then what we'll do for the title, we'll just change that height again.
So we'll make sure that we go to the text tab, text height there will be half an inch, like so, text color again by layer, so you could see there that the title and the header stand out. We click on OK now, and we set the door schedule as our current table style. So I click on close like so, now I want to place a table so I go to the table panel again, just click on table and the dialogue box kicks in, and we're using the table style door schedule.
We're going to start from an empty table with five columns, column width two and a half inches, data rows, one. I want to have three, let's say four data rows with a row height like so with five columns. Now, when I bring all of this in what will happen is I could edit all of it, so when I click on OK, there's my table there, and I click and it's placed. So I could now just type in door schedule as the title, like so, and then what I'll do is I'll zoom in a bit now, because you could see that the text is all there, If I just press tab it just jumps me down to the next header.
So that might be door number, make sure you spell it right, like so, door number like that. Tab across, and you could see that you could then put some values in like A tab, B tab, and just make sure that you put C in there as well, like that, and then tab and then D. And then obviously you'd occupy that table with data. Do you want to save your text changes? Yes I do, so I just clicked away there either by pressing escape or clicking away. So there's my door schedule, there's my table.
If I select that table I can edit the size of the columns, like so. I could drag that way, and I could also move the table by clicking on the grips, move it anywhere around on the drawing like so, and if I hit escape that deselects it. Now the lovely thing is if I click on the bottom of the table, can you see here? I could actually break the table. Now t's inactive, if I click on drag, I could set the break height, and that at the moment won't need to break because it's not actually overfilling the drawing, and there's no data in that table either but if you've got lots of data in a table you could break it and if it's too long for your drawing, you could break it into two sort of columns of tables.
I could also click on drag here, that will stretch the height and the width, make it bigger and smaller, so if I do that, can you see now I've got that column thing and the break is now working. So if I pan across I could click here, drag that down, like that and that loses that sort of second column on the right hand side. So that's how you work with your tables as a form of annotation on your AutoCAD drawings. So again, practice practice practice placing tables in your drawings, set up a table style, check the settings, work with your tables and insert data into the tables as well so that you could practice for your certification exam.
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