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Add Text below the Dimension Line
Tip# 3857 By J. Raul Cardenas On 02-Apr-2012
Rated By 2 users
Categories : Edit Dimension
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Display specific text below the dimension line.

Tipster J. Raul Cardenas describes how to make AutoCAD dimensions display additional text below the dimension line.

"When you want an accurate dimension, but also want specific text to appear below the dimension line, select the desired dimension and open the Text Override option in the Properties palette. Enter brackets (<>) to tell AutoCAD to use the default associative dimension text, then enter a backslash () followed by an uppercase X (a lowercase x will not work). That tells AutoCAD to place the remainder of the text below the dimension line. Next, enter the text. For example:

<>XMIN. <>XR.O. <>XTYP. <>X2EQ. SPACES  

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton:
This is important to know, because we often need to display additional text in our dimensions. AutoCAD 2012 made this process a bit easier. Before the 2012 release, you had to follow the directions in this tip, or use the DDEdit command to access the text in an editor. AutoCAD 2012 has built-in functionality to automate this: Double-click the dimension text to open it in a text editor, where you can edit the text just as is if it were regular multiline text.


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Comment by Gibbons,Wayne
Posted on 2012-04-02 13:34:16
P will allow one to add text immediately below the dimension as well. One can also use X (desired text) p (desired text) to add two lines of text below the dimension line. If you want to add text above the dimension use (desired text) p <>.
Comment by Gibbons,Wayne
Posted on 2012-04-02 13:35:47
Oops, use the backslash before X, or P in order for the suggestions to work.
Comment by Azbell,Nicholas
Posted on 2012-04-02 14:36:00
Don't override dimensions. Use Dimension prefix & Dimension suffix located under Primary Units in Properties. What's nice about this is that you can use Match Properties to easily copy the prefix and suffix to other dimensions.
Comment by therres,sam
Posted on 2012-04-02 15:40:05
You can make the typing part much easier if you create a Double Click Action in your CUI for Dimensions. This way you can double click the dimension text and edit it as if it's Mtext.
Comment by Hein,Dave
Posted on 2012-04-02 15:45:55
I will always see this tip with with a solid dimension line, but everytime I use it the dimension line breaks between the number and text. Is there a setting that controls this behavior?