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AutoCAD Productivity

Text Frame on Mtext

by Michael Beall

From: AutoCAD Productivity Articles #148
Originally published: October 2016

Yes, you can Enclose Text in Objects from Express Tools — See Michael's Corner, June 2004 — but when using the Text Frame property on Mtext, the frame adjusts when you size the Mtext or change the text content!

A text frame

Just select your Mtext, open Properties [Ctrl 1], then set Text Frame to <Yes>.

To test it, change the size of your Mtext or edit the content and the frame automatically adjusts!

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Tab through commands

This tip works begining with AutoCAD 2006:

Command TabAt the command line, type the first letter of the command you wish to start. Do not press the Enter key; instead, press the Tab key repeatedly and watch as AutoCAD runs through an alphabetical list of all commands, beginning with the letter you first typed. When the right command appears in the command line, press Enter to start it.

This isn't a very efficient way to invoke a command but it's a great way of finding commands you never knew existed; try it yourself and you will discover that AutoCAD has a lot of commands…

Also, you can press Shift+Tab to walk back through the list.

Today's tip is by fuccaro

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