Friday, 29 May 2015

AutoCAD Text Tips

Let's take a quick look at a few handy tips and tricks with AutoCAD text: Edit multiple MTEXT strings, TJUST command, and AUTOCAPS.

Edit multiple MTEXT strings

You can select multiple MTEXT strings, either by selecting them, or by Windowing them.  The Properties Palette will list the text Contents as *VARIES*.  Click on it, and an ellipsis (3 small dots) will appear.  Click that, and AutoCAD will cycle through the selected MTEXT boxes for editing.  

Click anywhere outside the editing area for AutoCAD to move to the next MTEXT string.


AutoCAD has several options for changing the justification of DTEXT and MTEXT.
Users can select the text object(s) and in the properties palette select a different justification.  AutoCAD will change the justification, but it will change it based on the text insertion point.  This means that left justified text changed to right justified text will MOVE (the insert point stays the same).

DTEXT left justified.


DTEXT changed to right justification using the Properties Palette.

If you want to change the justification without repositioning the text, use the Express Tool TJUST. TJUST will modify the justification without changing the position of the text!  Works great when you open an old drawing and all the notes are single line text with center justification! 

 DTEXT left justified.


DTEXT changed to right justification using TJUST.

Always have uppercase MTEXT

You can always have uppercase text in your MTEXT box, even without the Caps Lock button set. Simply right-click in the text edit window to get the context menu. Left click AutoCAPS, a checkbox will appear beside it.  Now all your text will be uppercase. To create lowercase text while AutoCAPS is on, simply hold the shift button while typing.

There you go, I hope these tips help improve your AutoCAD experience!