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AutoCAD Tutorial 18: Basics of Annotation in AutoCAD

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AutoCAD ANNOTATION is what makes a project have all its meaning and its raison d’être to the eyes of someone looking at it when the creator of the project is not around. Annotations can also help CAD drafters keep track of all the important information a plain image can not express in a project.

In AutoCAD, a few of the many ways to Annotate a draft are to use DIMENSIONS pallet tools and the TEXT pallet tools.

Those will help you put written information on your design making it easier to vision and to elucidate.


annotation in AutoCAD

This pallet provides tools that help you write text in the drawing area. A text after creation will be just behaving like an ordinary object in AutoCAD. You will be able to move it, to duplicate it or do any other things you would with an image.

Create a text in AutoCAD

multiline text autocad

Multiline TEXT (MTEXT command)

This command will simply allow you to create a multiline text object in AutoCAD as you would if you are using Microsoft word. To use it, you have to first specify the area in the drawing window where you would like the text to appear, then you will be able to enter your text.

The following shows a result of a text created using MTEXT

text in autocad

After creating a text (or while), you will be able to control its style and formatting, you will be able to create paragraphs, insert symbols, break the text into columns and more.

To access the formatting tools, double click on the text you created.

Single LINE (TEXT command)

Contrary to the latter, TEXT allows you to create a single line text object in AutoCAD. The major difference between the TEXT command and the MTEXT command is that while creating a text object with the TEXT command, each time you press the ENTER key, you are creating a piece of text not in the same entity with the previous one. Both can be selected separately and move independently one from another.

The TEXT  command also easily allows creating texts while playing with their orientation.

rotation a text autocad


dimension autocad

While annotating the series Learn AutoCAD in 21 days, we’ve solely used the following tools to annotate the AutoCAD practice drawings we provided.

Linear, Aligned, Angular, Radius and Diameter.

type of annotation autocad


DIMLINEAR most helps put the dimension in either horizontal or vertical lines.

dimlinear in autocad

 DIMLINEAR settings

While using this command you can choose to make use of the following via the command window.

dimlinear autocad

Where Mtext will help access the properties of the dimension text, Text will help edit the dimension text, Angle will help rotate the dimension text, Horizontal and Vertical will help specify the orientation of the dimension and Rotate will help rotate the dimension line.

So, how do I achieve the following using the DIMLINEAR command?

Figure 1
autocad annotation text
Figure 2
autocad 2d figure

DIMSTYLE command

DIMYTYLE is the command that helps your access to the Dimension Style Manager.

dimstyle window in autocad

If you click on the modify button on the right side, the following will show up

modify dimension style

That can help you modify the whole dimension style properties of your project.

It is all about practicing, go ahead and practice with the tools we’ve just talked about.

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