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How to create a text style for a dimension

You should have at least 1 text style for your dimensions and perhaps a text style for each dimension style.

When you create a dimension style, you can create a text style from within the New Dimension Style dialog box. On the Text tab, click the Ellipsis button as shown here.

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The Text Style dialog box opens.

The secret here is to set the height of the text style to zero. This allows you to set the height as part of the dimension style. If you instead specify a height in the text style, that height overrides the dimension style’s setting.

autocad_tips-text-style-for dimension-2

If you want the default settings, just click Cancel. Otherwise, make the desired changes and click Apply, then click Close.

Now, you can set the text height in the New Dimension Style dialog box, as you see here.

autocad_tips-text-style-for dimension-3

Now, go do some dimensioning!

What techniques do you use to make sure that your text looks the way you want it to in your dimensions? Leave a comment!

4 comments to How to create a text style for a dimension

  • One good tip when making dimensions, multi-leader or text styles is to never use Standard. Standard is the default style loaded with AutoCAD. Instead give your newly created style a unique name. Otherwise if the drawing is shared with another, your styles will take the properties of their Standard style.

  • Ellen

    Good point!

  • Robert Poirier

    Most of our drawings are for round parts. In our industry, it is customary to specify outside and inside diameters. I have several dim styles for diameters. The first extension line and first dimension line are both off.
    Often, the center of the diameter is out of the drawing. The first extension line starts at the center (in the model space) and the DIM SCALE LINEAR is set at 2.000. D = R x 2.

  • HOW TO CHANGE THE DEFAULT AUTOCADD DIMENSION =VALUE TO NEW VALUE WITH THIS ONE(123), I MEAN I NEED OPEN AND CLOSE PARENTHESIS AUTOMATICALY IN EVERY DIMENSION I CREATED….PLEAS HELP ME…THANK YOU GUYS

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