Dragging a Text File into a Drawing

You can drag text files into a drawing. The width of the boundary box for inserted text files is determined by line breaks and carriage returns in the original document. When you drag a file with a .txt file extension into a drawing, AutoCAD automatically converts it to an mtext object and treats it like imported text (see “Importing Text Files”). If you insert a text file with a different extension, AutoCAD treats it as an OLE text object.

To insert a text file by dragging it from Windows Explorer

1 Open Windows Explorer, but make sure it doesn’t fill the screen.
2 Display the directory that contains the file you want.
3 Drag a text file icon onto the AutoCAD drawing.

AutoCAD places the text object on the drawing where you dropped it. If the object was a .txt file, it is inserted as an mtext object. You can use the Multiline Text Editor to edit these objects (see “Formatting Multiline Text”).
If the file was not a .txt file, the OLE Properties dialog box is displayed (see “Working with OLE Objects”).

4 To move a text object, click the object and drag it.

NOTE Using grips to size an OLE text object may cause the text to become unreadable. See “Working with OLE Objects.”

For more information about dragging OLE objects into a drawing, see chapter 21, “Creating Compound Documents with OLE.”


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