In this video, author Shaun Bryant demonstrates how to add tables to an AutoCAD drawing.
- [Instructor] We're staying in our Annotating underscore HOUSE dot dwg file, and what we're going to look at now is actually annotating using a table and a table style in our AutoCAD drawings. So you'll notice that I left the drawing at the same state as it was at the end of the last video. So we're in the Model tab right now, what I'd like you to do is double-click on the wheel and zoom extents, so that you can see all of the house in the plan in the Model tab. Then jump into your Home tab on the ribbon, and just make sure that you select the Text layer.
We're going to place our tables on the Text layer. Now you might create a new layer and call it Tables, for example, it's entirely up to you. Once you've done that, I'd like you to jump into the desized Layout tab, like so, and we're going to place our table just here, bottom right, inside our Layout tab. Now you can do this via the Annotation panel on the Home tab in the ribbon. I'll click on the fly-out there, and you can see that there is a table style available, so I click there, and we've got the Standard table style, that's what we're going to use for our table in this particular case.
It's perfectly adequate for our needs, there it is there, a little preview of it. If I wanted to create a new table style, I'd click on New, and then I would click on Continue and go through the dialog boxes similar to the Dimensions style that we created in the previous video. I'm just going to cancel that for now, though, and I'm also going to close the Table Style dialog box. So in your Annotation fly-out here on the Home tab on the ribbon, just make sure that you're using the Standard table style, it should be the only one there. Now if you want to place your table, the Table command is there on the Annotation panel if you want to do it there, or you can do it from the Annotate tab over here on the Tables panel over here, it's got its own Tables panel.
Now you'll notice that I have to expand the Tables panel out that's purely due to the resolution of my screen as I record these videos. I'm sure that you've got a lot more screen real estate than I have. So we click on the Table command, and it brings up the Insert Table dialog box. So there's our table style, Standard. We're going to start from an empty table, and we're going to show the preview, I like to have the preview so I can see what I'm doing. We're going to specify an insertion point, and we're going to go for four columns, which was already there. Column Width, if it's not that already, set it to five inches for now, that'll do.
Three data rows, so there's our data rows there in the preview, with a row height of one line each. Now you'll notice in the settings from the table style, we've also got a title and a header row there as well, and you'll see why those kick in in a minute. They're slightly different sizes, and what we can do is we can adapt the table style to highlight things and change things if we want to in our title, header and data cells in the table itself. So make sure that your first row cell style is Title, second row cell style is Header, all other row cell styles Data.
So when I click on OK now, there's my table waiting to be dropped in, I'm just going to drop it in there bottom right, like so. Soon as I do that, the text editor kicks in because all of the text is multiline text in an AutoCAD table. So you can see the text editor contextual tab at the top of the screen there. Now I'm going to type Door Schedule in capitals. As I mentioned earlier, it's going to be a door schedule for all our doors in our drawing, so I click away from the table now, and it inserts the table with the title in place saying Door Schedule.
So I'm going to zoom in on the table now a bit, so I can see what I'm doing. Double-click in this Header cell here. That's going to be my Door Type, and then I'm going to Tab across, this is going to be Length of Door. And I'll Tab across, Width of Door. And possibly even Height, let's say, or Glazed, or anything, you can put anything in these headers. And then I Tab again, and Door Type A is there, and using the arrow keys, Door Type B, and Door Type C. Click away from the table again, and you can see I've inserted a table very quickly and very easily.
I can start putting values into the length, width and height and so on, and I can then edit that and create a nice functional, informative table in my AutoCAD drawing. Now it's good CAD practice obviously to double-click on the wheel and zoom extents when you're in the Layout tab so that everybody can see the whole of the layout like so. And as you can see, our table sits there nicely in the layout, waiting to be edited and used with the information we need to put in it.
Note: The exam objectives are not release specific, but the course has been revised to reflect the most recent version of the software, AutoCAD 2018.
- What is AutoCAD certification?
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Modifying objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Working with polylines and splines
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Annotating drawings with text, dimensions, multileaders, and tables
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options