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AutoCAD® 2012 FOR DUMMIES® by David Byrnes

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Saying More in Multiline Text

When you just can't shoehorn your creative genius into one or more one-line pieces of text, AutoCAD's multiline text object gives you room to go on and on and on. The following procedure shows you how to create multiline text with the MTEXT command.

Making it with Mtext

image The first part of the MTEXT command prompts you for various points and options. The order is a bit confusing, so read these steps and the prompts carefully.

Here's how you use the MTEXT command:

  1. Set an appropriate text style current and (optionally) turn off running object snaps, as described in Steps 1 and 2 in the “Using the Same Old Line” section, earlier in this chapter.

    If you're doing real drafting, you should also set an appropriate layer current.

  2. imageOn the Home tab's Annotation panel, click the upper part of the split button labeled Text to start the MTEXT command.

    The command line displays the current text style and height settings, and prompts you to select the first corner of an imaginary rectangle that will determine the word-wrapping width for the text object:

    Current text style: “Standard” Text height: 0.2000
             Annotative: No
    Specify first corner:
  3. Pick a point in the drawing.

    The command line prompts you for the opposite corner of a rectangle that will determine the word-wrapping ...

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