Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sent us a tip on how to use a TXT file or a DOC file to create a standard notes file, a list file, or an abbreviations file — plus, a new twist on the Windows Copy and Paste functions!
"Here is an example for your file:
1. NOTE ONE TEXT.
2. NOTE TWO TEXT
3. NOTE THREE TEXT
"Be sure that you use tabs to set everything right. Now Select All while in your Notepad or Word file and choose Copy. Open the MT editor in AutoCAD (assuming that you are on the correct layer and that MT editor is set correctly). Be sure that your MT window is big enough to accommodate the width of the notes. Paste directly into the MT editor (nothing new so far), and now comes the twist: Right-click inside the MT window and Select All. Then right-click again and go to Columns; select Dynamic. Paste in your TXT or DOC file. Activate the MText if you closed it. Do you see the grabber bar at the bottom? Grab it and move it up and down — you will see your notes splitting into columns."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: Most drawing projects have notes of some sort; sometimes a project requires many notes. Columns are a great way to help you organize and display your information. They also eliminate the need for multiple instances of notes, if you require more than one column. With the grabber bars at the bottom, you can change the height of the column. With the width grabber bars, you can change how wide your columns are. The nice thing about these features is that it they automatically move the text in the column based on the height and width you define. You don't have to edit the text at all — just stretch the sides to fit your needs.