End AutoCAD Dimension Style Worries with DimContinueMode

27 Jul, 2015

Have you ever forgotten to change your current dimension style to match a base dimension when adding in a continued or baseline dimension? If you have, then surely you know how irritating that can be! In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll see how DimContinueMode can ensure that it never happens again.

Video Transcript

Hello there, this is Lynn Allen. Thank you so much for joining me for another AutoCAD tip, courtesy of the fabulous Cadalyst magazine. I hope you are having a great week so far. I'm having a great week. I'm coming to you from Washington, D.C. -- yes, yet another hotel room -- where I just finished attending the amazing Revit Technology Conference. But we are focusing on AutoCAD today.

Now the tip that I'm going to share with you will come in handy for any of you who do baseline or continued dimensions. Which I'm pretty sure is just about all of you. Or if you don't do those dimensions, I want to know how you get away without having to do them.

I'm going to come in here, and I need to add a continued dimension to this existing one. I will select this dimension. I'm lazy, so I'm just going to use the grips, which I talked about on another tip, to add in a continued dimension. As I move my cursor up here, and I select it, I'm looking at the screen, and I'm like, "wait a minute. This dimension is completely different from the baseline dimension." That's because it's in a different dimension style because I forgot to change my preferred dimension style before I added on that continued dimension.

But then you might want to ask yourself, is there ever a time when you are doing baseline dimensions or continued dimensions that you don't want to use the exact same dimension style as the baseline dimension? Well, not in my experience. Not when I was teaching school. In an effort to not terribly upset my drafting teacher, I would erase it and fix it, right? I will erase it. But it seems kind of stupid that I even have to worry about that.

When AutoCAD 2014 came out, they added in a system variable called DimContinueMode. When that value is set to 1, I don't ever have to think about what my dimension style is for the base dimension. Whenever I do continued or baseline dimension, it will just duplicate and use the same style as the base dimension. I love that. I'm lazy. I told you so many times. I'm a lazy AutoCAD operator. I don't ever want to have to think about this.

So let's try this again. I set DimContinueMode to 1, which incidentally is the default. But I know some people who set everything back after they upgrade to a new release of AutoCAD. Hopefully you didn't do that.

Now let's see what happens. Now I'm going to do a continued dimension. And look! See it knows to use the exact same dimension style as the original one. Now it doesn't change the current dimension style. That will go back to whatever it was before. It only changes it for that continued or that baseline dimension that you happen to be doing. But I love that! I don't even have to think about. That's a fabulous thing.

So, if you have AutoCAD 2014 or higher, make sure that you have DimContinueMode set to 1. You can be a lazy AutoCAD operator like me. Get your jobs done faster and not have to worry about always resetting your current dimension style. Yay! Hope you have a great rest of the week, and I'll see you back here in two more weeks. Thank you so much for joining me.

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Re: End AutoCAD Dimension Style Worries with DimConti...
by: CT_Yankee
July 27, 2015 - 2:50pm
Match Properties works just find to accomplish the same end if one has a good reason to NOT change DimContinueMode to 1.

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