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Change Text

May 20, 2011

    All of text objects can be moved, rotated, deleted and copied, just as like other objects. You can change the properties at the Properties panel.

     You can also modify the contents of existing text and create a mirror image. The system variable MIRRTEXT controls whether the text is reversed or not when you mirror object.


Change single-line text

You have two methods to modify single-line text:

  • To modify only the content of text, use DDEDIT command.

  • To change text style, location, size and content, use PROPERTIES command to open Properties panel, from which, you can make the relevant settings.


To edit text

  1. Type ddedit and then press Enter.

  2. Select the text entity.

  3. In the Text Editor field, edit the text, and then click OK.

Text toolbar\

Command line DDEDIT


To change text properties

  1. Select a single line text object.

  2. Right-click the selected object and click Properties on the shortcut menu.

  3. In the Properties palette, enter any new text in the Text Contents, and then change formatting and other properties as needed.

Standard toolbar\

Command line PROPERTIES


      You can also move, scale or rotate text through grips as like other objects. The grip of a single-line text is displayed at the lower-left corner of the baseline and the alignment point. As shown in the following picture:

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Different grips generate different effect even though with the same command.

 

Change Multiline Text

You can change the properties of multiline text at the Properties panel.


To edit multiline text

  1. Type ddedit and then press Enter.

  2. Select the multiline text.

  3. Edit the text in the Multiline Text Editor.

  4. Click OK.

Text toolbar \

Command line DDEDIT


To change multiline text properties

  1. Select a multiline text object.

  2. Right click the selected object and click Properties on the shortcut menu.

  3. In the Properties palette, enter any new text and change formatting and other settings as needed.

Standard toolbar \

Command line PROPERTIES

Double-clicking mouse opens multiline text editor, from which, you can modify the content and format of text.


Change Text Location

    You can move or change the line width through grips as well.

    Generally, the location of grips is displayed at the four grips of the text, in some cases, at the justification point.

    You can also replace the text by entering the coordinate at the Properties panel.


Find and Replace Text

    Within the multiline text editor, right-clicking mouse and selects Find and Replace to replace the selected characters. The content of text is replaced, but the properties of the text remains.


Change Text with a Leader

    You can change the size of a leader by stretching or scaling it. Stretch changes the distance between the endpoint and the annotation. Scale only updates the scale of the selected objects. For example, when scaling a leader, the location of the annotation keeps unchanged. A leader can be used as the boundary for trimming or extending, but not be trimmed or extended.


Commands Reference

DDEDIT: Edits text, dimension text, attribute definitions, and feature control frames

FIND: Finds, replaces, selects, or zooms to specified text

PROPERTIES: Controls properties of existing objects

TEXT: Creates a single-line text object

STYLE: Creates, modifies, or sets named text styles

LEADER: Creates a line that connects annotation to a feature

QLEADER: Creates a leader and leader annotation

System Variables Reference

MIRRTEXT: Controls how the MIRROR command reflects text

TEXTFILL: Controls the filling of TrueType fonts while plotting and rendering

TEXTQLTY: Sets the resolution tessellation fineness of text outlines for TrueType fonts while plotting and rendering

MTEXTED: Sets the primary and secondary text editors to use for multiline text objects 

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