MText

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Places multi-line text in drawings through a dialog box.

Accessing the Command

command bar:  mtext

aliases:  t, mt

menu bar:  Draw | Multiline Text

toolbar:  Draw |

 

: mtext

Prompts you in the command bar:

Multiline Text: First corner for block of text: (Pick a point, or enter x,y coordinates.)

Select Opposite corner for block of text or [Justification/Rotation angle/text Style/text Height/Direction/Width]: (Pick another corner, or enter an option.)

Displays a Text Formatting toolbar and text entry field:

 

Enter text, and then click OK.

 

Command Options

Option

Description

Style

Specifies the style.

Choose a style name from the droplist. See Style command.

Font

Specifies the font.

Choose a font name from the droplist; this overrides the font specified by the style. BricsCAD can use any font installed on your computer.

 

To apply a font to just one or two words, highlight them, and then choose the font from the droplist,

as illustrated below:

 

Height

Specifies the text height.

Choose a preset height from the droplist, or enter a value.

To change the height of a few words, highlight them, and then specify the height.

Bold

Toggles boldfacing of text. SHX fonts cannot be boldfaced.

To apply boldfacing:

  1. Select some or all of the text, and then click the B button.

  2. Repeat the procedure to remove boldfacing.

Italic

Toggles italicization of text. SHX fonts cannot be italicized.

To apply italics:

  1. Select some or all of the text, and then click the I button.

  2. Repeat the procedure to remove italics.

Underline

Toggles underlining of text.

To apply underlining:

  1. Select some or all of the text, and then click the U button.

  2. Repeat the procedure to remove underlines.

Overline

 

Toggles overlining of text.

To apply overlining:

  1. Select some or all of the text, and then click the O button.

  2. Repeat the procedure to remove overlines.

Strikethrough

Toggles the strikethrough of the text.

Upper case

Sets selected text in upper case.

Lower case

Sets selected text in lower case.

Annotative

Toggles the annotative property of the MText.

  • If the annotative property is currently off, press the Annotative button to apply the current annotative scale.

  • If the annotative property is currently on, press the Annotative button to switch the annotative property off.

Line spacing

 

Sets the line spacing.

Color

Specifies the color of the text.

  1. Select some or all of the text.

  2. Click the Color button, and then choose a color from the droplist.

 

Oblique Angle

Specifies the angle by which to slant the text.

  • Enter an angle, or click the buttons to change the value.

  • Less than 0 degrees - characters slant backwards.

  • 0 - characters are upright.

  • More than 0 degrees - characters slant forwards.

Width Factor

Specifies the width of characters.

  • Smaller than 1 - characters are narrow.

  • 1 - characters have normal width.

  • Greater than 1 - characters are wide.

Character Spacing

Specifies the spacing between characters.

  • Smaller than 1 - characters spacing is tight.

  • 1 - characters have normal spacing.

  • Greater than 1 - characters spacing is loose.

Undo

Undoes the last format applied.

 

Redo

Redoes the last undo.

Stack Fractions

Stacks text containing special characters: / # or ^.

  •  / stacks vertically (separated by a horizontal line)
  • # stacks diagonally (separated by a diagonal line)
  • ^ stacks vertically not separated by a line (tolerance stack)

To stack fractions:

1. Enter fraction text, such as 3/4.

2. Select the fraction text; e.g. doubl click.

3. Click the Stack Fraction button ().

 

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to unstack the fractions.

 

To edit the stack properties:

  1. Double click the stacked  text.
    The
    Stack Properties dialog displays:

  • Text: type a value

  • Alignment: select an option.

  • Style: Select an option

  • Text size: Type a value or select one in the list.

  1. Click the OK button to apply the changes.

Insert Symbol

Inserts special symbols.

Click the button, and then choose a symbol.

You can enter the symbols directly by typing their codes, such as %%d for the degree symbol.

Field

Inserts a field.

Text justification

Specifies the text justification (alignment) within the bounding box.

Click the button, and then choose an alignment from the droplist.

The icon on the button indicates the current justification mode.

Paragraph

Specifies the text alignment of a paragraph.

Click the button, and then choose an alignment from the droplist.

Background Mask

Sets the background mask.

 

Ruler

 

Toggles the display of the ruler.

  1. First line indent marker
  2. Second line indent marker
  3. Right indent marker
  4. Tab type

Lists

Creates numbered and bulleted lists.

Click the button, and then choose an option from the droplist.

  • Enable lists and bullets: Enables the creation of lists.

  • Allow automatic lists indexing: If selected, Enter adds a new list item.

 

 

Columns

To divide the text in columns:

Right click and choose Columns... in the context menu.



The Column Properties dialog box displays:

  • Column type: defines how the number of columns is controlled.

  • Column number: number of columns

  • Height: maximum height of the columns.

  • Width: width of each column.

  • Gutter width: space between the columns.

Click the Column type list button and select a column type in the list:

  • Dynamic (auto height):

    Type a value in the Height, Width and Gutter width fields. The number of columns is calculated automatically
    Optionally, adjust the column height by dragging the control button.
     

  • Dynamic (manual height):



    Type a value in the Width and Gutter width fields. The number of columns is calculated automatically.
    The Height can be controlled by dragging the control button for each column separately.
     

  • Static:


    Type a value in the Column number, Height, Width and Gutter width fields.
    Optionally, adjust the column height by dragging the control button.

Procedures

To create single line text

To create multiline text

Including special text characters and symbols

To add a background mask

General procedure to create fields

Defining text system variables

Grips Editing

Mtext bounding boxes can be edited directly through grips:

  1. Select the mtext. Notice that it has two grips.

  2. Drag the grips to perform the following actions:

Related Commands

-MText - places paragraph text.

Text - places single-lines of text in drawings.

-Text - places text and evaluates LISP expressions.

AttDef - defines attribute text.

DdEdit - edits text.

Field - inserts a field in a multiline text, table cell or attribute.

Updatefield - Updates fields in selected Mtexts.

Style - creates and modifies text styles through the Drawing Explorer.

-Style - creates and modifies text styles through the command bar.

QText - toggles between text and rectangular representations.

Change - changes the position of text.

TxtExp - explodes text into polylines.

Spell - checks the spelling of text in drawings.

Find - finds and replaces text.

Properties - modifies the properties of text.


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