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Overview of Dimension Styles

May 20, 2011

     Dimensions that you insert are created using the current dimension style. You can create, save, restore, and delete named dimension styles.

      DIMSTYLE command is available when you want to display information about the current dimension style and all of the named dimension styles.

      Dimension styles provide a way for you to change various settings that control the appearance of dimensions. You can then save those settings for reuse. If you don't define a dimension style before creating dimensions, the program uses the Standard dimension style, which stores the default dimension variable settings. You can get Modify Dimension Style dialog started through clicking Modify button on Dimension Style Manager dialog, for further modification about each dimstyle settings.


    You can change the following settings in the Dimension Style Manager.

  •      Extension lines, dimension lines, arrowheads, center marks or lines, and the offsets between them

  •      The positioning of the parts of the dimension in relation to one another and the orientation of the dimension text

  •      The content and appearance of the dimension text

  •      The units of the dimension value

     With the Compare button of the Dimension Style Manager, you can list the difference between any two named dimension styles.

      If there is a dimension contained in the xref being inserted, then dimension style applied in this dimension is also existing in current drawing.You can compare externally referenced dimension styles with other styles, but not allowed to modify them or make them current. An externally referenced dimension style can be used as a template to create a new dimension style in the current drawing.


To create a dimension style

  1.   Choose Dimensions > Dimension Style.

  2.   In the Dimension Style Manager dialog box, click New.

  3.   Type the name of the new dimension style, and choose which style started with and what kind of dimension used for.

  4.   Click Continue.

  5.   In the Dimension Style dialog box, click one of the other tabs, and then change the dimension settings as necessary.Repeat this step for each tab, as needed.

  6.   To end the command, click OK.

Dimension toolbar\

Command line DIMSTYLE


To select a dimension style

  1.   Choose Dimensions >Dimension Style.

  2.   Select a dimension style from the styles list.

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Command line DIMSTYLE


To rename a dimension style

  1.   Choose Dimensions >Dimension Style.

  2.   In the Styles list of Dimension Style Manager dialog box, do one of the following:

  • Double click the required style.

  • Right click at the required style name, then choose rename.

  1.   Type the new name.

  2.   Click Close to exit.

Dimension toolbar \

Command line DIMSTYLE


To delete a named dimension style

  1.  Choose Dimensions >Dimension Style.

  2.   In the Styles list of Dimension Style Manager dialog box, right click at the required style name, and then choose delete.

  3.   Click Close to close.

Dimension toolbar \

Command line DIMSTYLE


To display information about the current style

  1.   Choose Dimensions >Dimension Style.

  2.   In the Dimension Style Manager dialog box, click Compare.

  3.   In the Compare Dimension Style dialog box, choose the same dimension style from the Compare and With pulldown list, all properties for specified dimension style will be displayed.

  4.   If you want to know the different information between two styles, choose one style in Compare box, and choose the other in the With box, you will see difference in the following tab.

  5.   Click Close to close.

Dimension toolbar \

Command line DIMSTYLE


Commands Reference

DIMSTYLE: Creates and modifies dimension styles

System Variables Reference

None


 

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