In this article, I have listed six AutoCAD text features which are very underrated despite their usefulness.
This command can be used to change the width of text to fit it in the required space like title block or inside small objects of drawing keeping its height unchanged. This command works only for single line text.
Type TEXTFIT on the command line and press enter your cursor will change to a pickbox, click on text for which you want to change the width and specify new text width dynamically using your cursor or by entering width on the command line.
As the name suggests this command will create a mask around text to make the text clear against the background. This feature can be used at places where you want to write text over hatches, gradients or drawing objects.
To start this command type TEXTMASK on the command line and press enter. Now click on text (Mtext or single line text) on which you want to apply mask and press enter again. The area under text will be cleaned to make text clearly visible against the background.
You can also change area which is cleaned around text using wipeout offset. Type WIPEOUT on the command line and press enter then click on the offset option from the command line.
Command line will prompt you to enter offset factor. If you enter offset factor of 1 the wipeout distance around text will be equal to the height of text similarly an offset factor of 0.5 will create a wipeout distance around text equal to half of text height. Select appropriate text offset value and press enter to continue.
To make frame appear or disappear around the text mask use WIPEOUTFRAME system variable and toggle its value to 1 or 0 respectively. To remove masking around text use TEXTUNMASK command and click on text on which masking is applied then press enter.
In order to bring all text from your drawing on top of other entities, you can use this command. Type TEXTTOFRONT on command line press enter then select text from options of the command line.
All text entities ie Mtext and single line text will appear in front of every other entity. This is especially useful in cases where your text is overlapped by polylines containing width or gradients that hide text.
Using this command you can also bring other entities like dimensions and leader lines to the front by selecting All from options of the command line.
Mirroring text is not similar to mirroring objects in AutoCAD, if you try mirror command for mirroring text you will get a copied text at mirrored distance from mirroring line which is not laterally inverted as shown in the image below.
You need to change the value of MIRRTEXT system variable to 1 for making mirrored copies of Text and Mtext so that they are laterally inverted just like a mirrored copy as shown in the image below.
If you have long paragraphs of text which you want to import in AutoCAD then this tip is for you. Start MTEXT and select import text from text editor ribbon as shown in the image below. Locate TXT or RTF file from the open window and click OK to import that text in your drawing.
You can add formatting to text after importing it in AutoCAD from notepad but if your text contains formatting in RTF file then those formatting will be retained even in AutoCAD. See this short tip of importing text in AutoCAD for details on this tip.
Converting text to Mtext and vice versa:
Using this express tool you can convert single or multiple lines of text (DTEXT) into Mtext with a single click. Type TXT2MTXT on the command line and press enter, select text from your drawing and press enter again. Your old text lines will be deleted and it will be replaced with single Mtext.
In order to convert Mtext to text you can use explode command. Select Mtext then type X on the command line and press enter to convert Mtext to text.
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