Creating Stacked Text

Stacked text is text or fractions that indicate tolerances or measurements. You use the special characters slash (/), pound (#), and carat (^) to indicate where selected text should be stacked. The slash defines a vertical stack separated by a horizontal line. The pound sign defines a diagonal stack separated by a diagonal line. The carat defines a tolerance stack, which is not separated by a line.


NOTE Previous releases of AutoCAD do not support diagonal fractions. If you save your drawing in an earlier AutoCAD format, diagonal fractions are converted to vertical fractions. All fractions are converted to diagonal fractions when the drawing is reopened in AutoCAD 2000, even if an mtext object contained both vertical and diagonal fractions before being saved in an earlier format.

You can automatically stack fractions as you enter text. AutoStack automatically stacks numeric characters entered before and after the slash, pound sign, or carat. For example, if you enter 1#3 followed by a nonnumeric character or space, AutoStack automatically stacks the text as a diagonal fraction. You can also automatically remove blanks between a whole number and a fraction.
You can specify how you want AutoStack to convert the slash character: to a vertical fraction, or to a diagonal fraction. The pound sign is always converted to a diagonal fraction, and the carat is always converted to a tolerance format.

AutoStack stacks only numeric characters immediately before and after the slash, pound sign, and carat. To stack nonnumeric characters or text that includes spaces, select the text and choose Stack on the toolbar on the Character tab in the Multiline Text Editor.

To create stacked text

  1. From the Modify menu, choose Text.
  2. Select the mtext object you want to edit.
  3. In the Multiline Text Editor, choose the Character tab if it is not already displayed.
  4. Enter the text you want to stack separated by one of the following characters:
  5. Slash: Stacks text vertically, separated by a horizontal line.
    Pound sign: Stacks text diagonally, separated by a diagonal line.
    Carat: Creates a tolerance stack, which is not separated by a line.

    If you enter numbers separated by stack characters and then enter a nonnumeric character or press SPACEBAR, the AutoStack Properties dialog box is displayed. You can choose to automatically stack numbers (not nonnumeric text) and to remove leading blanks. You can also specify whether the slash character creates a diagonal fraction or creates a vertical fraction. If you do not want to use AutoStack, choose Cancel to exit the dialog box.

  6. Select the text that you want to stack, and choose Stack on the toolbar.
  7. Choose OK.


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