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Justify Text without Movement
Tip# 3517 By Kevin Land On 25-Oct-2010
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Categories : Edit Text
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Keep text objects in the same location while changing their justification.

Kevin Land can't stand "jumping" text when he's working in AutoCAD, and he's found a way to prevent it.
"I hate it when text moves, when all I wanted to do was change the justification point. Sometimes I've worked on existing drawings where all the text looks lined up, but actually isn't. In this situation, you select all the text, go into Properties, and change the justification, only to have all the text jump around on you. That's when I use the Justify Text Express Tool. You can find it by going into your Express Toolbar > Text > Justify Text, or enter TJust on the Command line. Simply enter the command, select the text, and type in the justification you want. All the text will change to the correct justification point without moving on the screen! This also works with mtext."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: I've seen this happen, and it drives me crazy too! It probably happens more often with single-line text than with multiline text. The TJust, or Justify Text command, will keep all of the text objects where they are while changing the justification. It's a very handy command.


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Comment by Herzog,Mike
Posted on 2010-10-25 14:23:26
Since I use this command so much. I assigned the command TJust to the keys JT in the acad.pgp file. I'm a 1 or 2-key macro kind of guy.
Comment by Ashley,Paul
Posted on 2010-10-25 15:02:16
I forgot about that command. However, if the text to be aligned doesn't need to exist as separate entities, one can also use the "Convert Text to Mtext" Express Tool.
Comment by Pearl,Dawn
Posted on 2010-10-25 15:52:30
Wish I had read this about 4 hours ago, when I grappled with this very issue! Too bad there isn't a variable that couldn't be set in the drawing to do this, though. Trying to remember where all these handy tools are located is kind of tough on an old bird lke me.
Comment by Fayfar,Stan
Posted on 2010-10-25 16:35:35
I didn't even know about this one and I wish I had a long time ago. One of these days I'm going to check each and every Express Tool. I totally agree with Dawn, let's make the default set to keep the text from moving. Sounds like a good point to add to the AUGI wishlist!
Comment by Anderson,Jim
Posted on 2010-10-26 04:17:01
Great tip, this has been a nuisance for me as well - i've just added a keyboard shortcut for it as well.