There’s no reason to recreate the wheel – or text or dimension styles, if you have them elsewhere. The easiest way to import a text or dimension style from another drawing is to use the DesignCenter.
Follow these steps:
- Go to the View tab, Palettes, DesignCenter or type designcenter on the command line.
- From the Folder list (it looks a lot like Windows Explorer) navigate to the folder, then the drawing that has the text or dimension style that you need.
- Click the drawing’s Plus sign to expand it and choose the type of elements that you want to import, such as a text style.
- On the right, you’ll see a list of the text styles that are available in the drawing. Drag the one you want onto the drawing area.
You can also use the Content Explorer, although the set-up process is more complex. Here are the steps:
- Click the Plug-Ins tab, then click Explore.
- If the folder where the drawing you is not listed, click Add Watched Folder at the bottom.
- Navigate to the folder, select it, and click OK. AutoCAD scans the drawings in the folder; this process may take some time. The Content Explorer works best when you plan in advance.
- When the process of scanning is done, or if the folder you want is listed, you can do one of two things:
- If you know the name of the element, enter it in the Search box at the top of the Content Explorer.
- If you know the location and name of the drawing, double-click the folder and navigate to the drawing. Double-click the drawing to display its elements.
- When you see the element you want, such as a text style, drag it onto the drawing area to import it into your drawing.
Do you have any tips for importing text or dimension styles? Leave a comment!