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Add a Multileader to Existing Multiline Text
Tip# 4028 By Michael Miklaszewicz On 03-Dec-2012
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Categories : Multileaders
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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Create a leader for text.

Tipster Michael Miklaszewicz explains how to add a multileader to existing multiline text in AutoCAD and its verticals.

"This method applies when you have many existing multiline text entities on a drawing that you need to add a multileader to, but you do not want to retype the text. Conventional Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V keyboard commands will not work in this instance, but there is a way to do it.

"Open the text by double-clicking on it. Highlight the part of the text that you want to add to the multileader, right-click, and choose Copy. You can now close the text editor. Open Multileader, and when it prompts you to add text, right-click and choose Paste. You have now completed this task, and the new multileader can be edited using Properties if necessary." 

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: This trick doesn't really add a leader to the text, but rather it adds the text to a leader that you create. Regardless, it's a good trick and is very easy to do. Multileaders are great tools in AutoCAD. They are easily edited, plus they can have more than one leader in them (hence the name), and they can use blocks instead of text objects.

If you already have text in your file to which you want to add a leader, you can just use the original leader, or Qleader, commands to draw a leader. This does the job, but you do not get the same benefits that you do with the multileader. Having the leader and the text as one object make it very easy to edit, alter, stretch, move, etc.


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Comment by luko,adam
Posted on 2012-12-03 15:21:38
there is a lisp routine that you can you use that will convert dtext or mtext and a leader to multiline leader. see attached for lisp, this is a nice routine i use it a lot for old drawings