This plug-in highlights dimensions in a drawing for which the user has customized the dimension text.

Getting Started

To launch the plug-in, use the following command(s)

Checks the drawing for dimensions with overridden text.
Sets the color used to highlight the detected dimensions.


Once loaded, the DIMPATROL command can be used to turn on (and off) the highlighting of potentially problematic dimensions: dimensions whose text has been overridden and therefore may not match the actual dimension.

To change the color used to highlight the dimension, use the DIMPATROLCOLOR command: this command allows you to choose a color index between 0 and 7 to use for highlighting.


Manually overridden dimension are highlighted in red by the DimensionPatrol plugin.

Installation and Uninstallation

The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from AutoCAD Exchange has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart AutoCAD to activate the plug-in.

To uninstall this plug-in, simply rerun the installer by downloading it again from Exchange, and select the 'Uninstall' button, or you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features' (Windows 7) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system. The panel on the Plug-ins tab will not be removed until AutoCAD is restarted.

Additional Information

This plug-in was written by Stephen Preston, based on a suggestion by Shaan Hurley. It became a Plugin of the Month on Autodesk Labs.

ADN Plugins of the Month are provided with full source code that has been installed with this plug-in. While the code is not needed to make use of the plug-in, it will be useful should you want to understand how the plug-in works or to extend its functionality to meet your specific needs.

Known Issues



For more information on developing with AutoCAD, please visit the AutoCAD Developer Center.

Support Information

Email us at labs.plugins@autodesk.com with feedback or requests for enhancements.

Version History

Updated to support AutoCAD 2012 Exchange Store autoloader bundle format.
Updated help to HTML file and to reflect new load mechanism.
Update to not highlight dimension's with text containing "<>"
Original release