Control the Appearance of Dimension Text
The program supports a mixture of user-supplied text, prefixes and suffixes supplied by the dimension style, and generated measurements. For example, you could add a diameter symbol as a prefix to a measurement or add the abbreviation for a unit, such as mm, as a suffix. Text in this context refers to all dimension text, prefixes and suffixes, primary and alternate units, and lateral tolerances. Geometric tolerances are controlled independently.
The appearance of dimension text is governed by the text style selected in the . You can choose a text style while creating a dimension style and specify a text color and a height independent of the current text style's height setting. You can also specify the gap between base dimension text and the box that surrounds it.
In addition to the prefixes and suffixes specified for primary and alternate units, you can supply your own text as you create a dimension. Because the prefix, suffix, and user-supplied text form a single text string, you can represent tolerance stacks and apply changes to font, text size, and other characteristics using the text editor.
To add user text above and below the dimension line, use the separator symbol \X. Text that precedes this symbol is aligned with and above the dimension line. Text that follows the \X symbol is aligned with and below the dimension line. The space between the dimension line and the text is determined by the value you enter in Offset from Dim Lim on the .
The angle brackets represent the primary units, and the square brackets represent the alternate units. The \X separates text above the dimension line from text below the dimension line. The \P is a paragraph break.
- Home tabAnnotation panelDimension StyleEnter dimstyle at the Command prompt.
- In the Dimension Style Manager, select the style you want to change. Click Modify.
- In the Modify Dimension Style dialog box, Text tab, under Text Appearance, select a text style.
- If the current text style does not have a fixed height, enter the height of dimension text in the Text Height box.
- Under Tolerances, enter a height for tolerance values in the Scaling for Height box.
- In the Offset from Dim Line box, enter a value for the gap around base dimension text.
- Select a color from the Text Color box.
- Click OK
- Click Close to exit the Dimension Style Manager.