AutoCAD Tutorial: Text Details

Setting a text Style:  Text style is template from which your text item inherits its height, width factor, oblique angle, and its backward and upside-down properties. The Style determines the appearance of text characters when you create a text item.  

A text style is composed of following

  • A style name of your choice
  • The name of associated font
  • A fixed text height (or Zero)
  • A width (Expansion/Compression) factor
  • An oblique (Slant) angle

STYLE: Style command lets you create and modify text style definitions.

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Justification of text: As we know AutoCAD can create text with a variety of character patterns, or fonts even then we need justification tools to place the text. Justification tools control alignment of text before insertion, which include options like:

Controls  Syntax Use
Align Align Aligns the text between two user defined points by calculating the required height and width of the text.
Fit Fit Aligns or fits the text between two user defined points by requesting a height and adjusting width by itself
Center Center Aligns text object from horizontal center of a base line
Middle Middle Aligns text object from horizontal center of a base line and vertical center of height
Right Right Right justifies the text object
Top Left TL Left justifies text at a point specified for the top of the text
Top Center TC Left justifies text at a point specified for the top of the text
Top Right TR Right justifies text at a point specified for the top of the text
Middle Left ML Left justifies text at a point specified for the middle of text
Middle Center MC Centers the text both horizontally and vertically at the middle of text
Middle Right MR Right justifies text at a point specified for the middle of text
Bottom Left BL Left justifies text at a point specified on the baseline
Bottom Center BC Centers the text at a point specified on the baseline
Bottom Right BR Right justifies text at a point specified on the baseline

Text Justification Example

Special Characters: Some of the symbols required for annotation are not directly available on the keyboard.

You can use the below mentioned codes to print special characters.

Control Codes and Special Characters %%O

Toggles overscore mode on/off.   %%U

Toggles underscore mode on/off.   %%D

Draws degrees symbol ( ー ). %%P

Draws plus/minus tolerance symbol (ア). %%C

Draws circle diameter dimensioning symbol (リ).

Note: Overscore and underscore modes can be in effect at the same time. Both modes turn off automatically at the end of the text string.

MTEXT: MTEXT allows the user to enter multi line text even in paragraphs. It is similar to entering text as we work with any word processors.