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Create Multiple-Leader Objects
Tip# 3652 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 22-May-2011
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Categories : Leaders
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Try this method as an alternative to mleaders.

Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a simple method he uses as an alternative to mleaders in AutoCAD.

"First turn off osnaps and ortho, then create one leader as you normally create them. Next, highlight the leader with grips, and click on the arrowhead grip to make it active (red). At the Command line, type C (for copy — check options on the Command line). Drag it to the desired location to point for the next object and click Enter (use the keyboard button, not the mouse), or drag to the next object and then click Enter."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: AutoCAD is great because there are many ways to do the same thing. Mleaders are annotation objects that can have more than one leader. This tip shows us a method to create multiple leader objects. The leaders have the same text and landing line. It is a very quick method to use. They key is in the grip editing abilities in AutoCAD.

Draw a leader using either the QLeader or the Leader command. Once finished, select the leader, then select the grip at the tip of the leader arrowhead to activate it, making it a "hot" grip (it will turn red). This gives you several Command line options, including copying the object. Type C on the Command line to copy it; this will copy the selected object and place the copy directly over the source object, except that you can choose where the arrowhead points. Make sure that running osnaps and ortho are turned off. I noticed during testing that if you create the original leader by snapping to a point, then when you copy the leader, no matter where you put the arrowhead, it will snap to the original point. It still makes a copy of the leader, but the arrowhead is where the original was located.


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