Text Tips for AutoCAD 2015

13 Nov, 2014 By: Lynn Allen

Circles and Lines: New features in the mtext editor make formatting faster and easier.

It is a rare drawing that doesn't include text somewhere in the file. Consequently, any improvements made to multiline text (mtext) or text editing really come in handy for AutoCAD users. Luckily, AutoCAD 2015 provides some substantial improvements to the mtext editor, as well as TextAlign, a brand-new command that helps align text objects.

If you've ever wanted to see through the mtext editor to the objects beneath (to ensure your text is properly placed on the sheet), you'll appreciate the new transparency feature.

Figure 1. The updated mtext editor is transparent.
The updated mtext editor is transparent.

Managing columns in the mtext editor has improved over the years, but the new easy-to-use resizers provide more of what you expect in a text editor. Simply grab the bottom or right edges to change the height or width of the mtext editor, or use the corner resizer to change the height and width at the same time.

Improved Bullets and Numbering

If you begin a line in the mtext editor with a number or a letter followed by a period, right parenthesis, >, }, or ] along with a space or tab, AutoCAD 2015 assumes you want to begin a sequence. A lightning bolt icon lets you know that automatic numbering is in effect. Simply click on the icon for other valuable options, including the ability to turn off sequencing. If you backspace right after the sequencing appears, AutoCAD assumes this was not your intention and reverts the text to what you typed.

Figure 2. Click on the lightning bolt to manage sequencing.
Click on the lightning bolt to manage sequencing.


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