Changing the Properties of an Mtext Object

You can change the style, justification, width, and rotation of the multiline text object by using the options on the Property tab. These changes affect the entire mtext object. Multiline text objects also have general object properties, such as color and layer, that you can change using the Properties window. See “Using the Properties Window.”
You can use grips to move, rotate, erase, or copy a multiline text object. A multiline text object that has a nonzero width has grips at the four corners of the text boundary and, in some cases, at the justification point. A multiline text object that has an unspecified width has a single grip at the justification point. The effect of a command depends on which grip you choose.

To change the style of the multiline text object

  1. From the Modify menu, choose Text.
  2. Select the mtext object you want to edit.
  3. In the Multiline Text Editor, choose the Properties tab.
  4. Select a style from the style list.
  5. Choose OK.

Command line MTEXT
The Properties tab displays the justification, width, and rotation settings for the new text style. To define and name a new text style, use the STYLE command. When you change the style of a multiline text object, any character formatting is retained, not overridden, by the new text style.
NOTE When you open drawings from previous AutoCAD releases, mtext objects with character format overrides may not be displayed properly. To reset character formatting, open the objects in the Multiline Text Editor and save them again.

Justification

Justification controls the text alignment and the direction of text flow as you enter text. Text is justified with respect to the left and right text boundaries. Spaces entered at the end of a line are included as part of the text and affect the justification of the line. Text flows from the middle, top, or bottom of the paragraph with respect to the top and bottom text boundaries. AutoCAD offers nine justification settings: Top Left (TL), Top Center (TC), Top Right (TR), Middle Left (ML), Middle Center (MC), Middle Right (MR), Bottom Left (BL), Bottom Center (BC), and Bottom Right (BR).

To change the justification of the multiline text object

  1. From the Modify menu, choose Text.
  2. Select the mtext object you want to edit.
  3. In the Multiline Text Editor, choose the Properties tab.
  4. Select an option from the Justification list.
  5. Choose OK.

Command line MTEXT, DDEDIT
Shortcut menu Select the multiline text object, right-click in the drawing area, and choose Mtext Edit.

Width

The width property defines the width of the entire multiline text object, not of individual characters.

To change the width of the multiline text object

1 From the Modify menu, choose Text.
2 Select the mtext object you want to edit.
3 In the Multiline Text Editor, choose the Properties tab.
4 In Width, select an option or enter a value in drawing units.
5 Choose OK.

Command line MTEXT

To change the rotation of the multiline text object

1 From the Modify menu, choose Text.
2 Select the mtext object you want to edit.
3 In the Multiline Text Editor, choose the Properties tab.
4 In Rotation, select an option or enter a value.
5 Choose OK.

Command line MTEXT

Line Spacing

You can set the line spacing for new or existing multiline text objects using the options on the Line Spacing tab of the Multiline Text Editor.

The line spacing increment for multiline text is the amount of space between the bottom (baseline) of one line of text and the baseline of the next line of text.
The line spacing increment applies to the entire mtext object and not to selected lines.
You can set the spacing increment to a multiple of single line spacing, or as an absolute value. Single spacing is 1.66 times the height of the text characters. Options include Single (1x), 1.5 lines (1.5x), and Double (2x).

You can select an option from the list or enter a number followed by x to indicate a multiple of single spacing. For example, select or enter 1x in the Spacing Factor list to specify single spacing, enter 3x to specify triple spacing, and so on. Or, specify an absolute value such as .5.
The default At Least option automatically adjusts line spacing to accommodate characters that are too large to fit the line spacing increment you set for the mtext object. Use the Exactly option when you want uniform line spacing in the text object, for example, in a table.

To change the line spacing of the multiline text object

1 From the Modify menu, choose Text.
2 Select the mtext object you want to edit.
3 In the Multiline Text Editor, choose the Line Spacing tab.
4 In Line Spacing, choose one of the following:

At Least: Adjusts lines of text automatically based on the height of the largest character in the line. More space is added between lines of text with taller characters. This is the default setting.
Exactly: Forces the line spacing to be the same size for all lines of text in the mtext object regardless of format differences, such as font or text height. The amount of space between the lines is determined by Spacing Factor. Use Exactly to line up text in tables. To ensure that line spacing is identical in multiple mtext objects, use Exactly and set Spacing Factor to the same value in each mtext object. Using Exactly can cause text in lines located above or below lines with large font characters to overlap the larger characters.

5 Select a spacing increment from the list, or enter a value.

You can enter a multiple of single spacing, for example 2x or 3x, or an absolute value, such as .5.

6 Choose OK.

Command line MTEXT

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