CAD Technician Murray Clack shares an AutoCAD tip about editing text in dimensions.
"One of my all-time favorite techniques that I still use today is placing text below a dimension line so that it is part of the dimension object itself. Enter either the DDEdit or TEdit command and select the dimension object. While in the text editor, place your cursor at the end of the dimension value and enter the code switch X followed by the desired text string. For example, if you want the word TYPICAL to appear below the dimension line, the code should read: XTYPICAL (note: the letter X must be uppercase).
"Now, when the dimension object changes length, the text below automatically repositions itself just like the dimension text.
"As an additional tip, you can have a string of text always appear by manipulating the dimstyle:
- Enter the command DimStyle (or DDim)
- Highlight the desired dimstyle and click the Modify button
- Click on the Primary Units tab
- In the Suffix field, enter the desired code switch (e.g., XTYPICAL)
- Click the OK and Close buttons.
Any existing or new dimensions created with that dimstyle will have text below the dimension line."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: AutoCAD probably has more settings for dimensions than for anything else. Getting your dimensions right can be tricky. Use the DDEdit command (ED for short) to edit dimension text. Another method is to open the Properties Manager, select the dimension you want to edit, scroll down in the manager to the Text area, and edit the text in the Text Override field. You can use the same codes (/X or /P) for a return in the dimensions text as in the DDEdit command. You can also use the Enter key while working in the DDEdit command.