Formatting Leaders

When you create a leader, its color, lineweight, scale, arrowhead type, size, and other properties are defined by the current dimension style (see “Creating Dimension Styles”). Unless you create a separate style for leaders, or change leader properties using the Properties window, leader lines have the same properties as dimension lines.

The dimension line properties define the offset of the annotation from the leader endpoint, the position of text annotation relative to the leader, and the point at which the text is attached to the leader. The following illustration shows different text positions.

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When you create a leader, you can set annotation, leader line and arrow, and attachment options on the tabs in the Leader Settings dialog box:

  • Use the Annotation tab to define the annotation type that will be attached to the leader. Options include multiline text, copies of objects, tolerances (feature control frames), and blocks. Use the Copy an Object option to quickly copy existing objects for leader annotation rather than creating new annotation. You can specify multiline text options and indicate whether you want to reuse leader annotation.
  • Use the Leader Lines and Arrows tab to indicate the leader line type (straight lines or curved spline). You can change the arrowhead and set angle constraints for leader segments. To create leaders quickly, you can specify the number of leader points.
  • Use the Attachment tab to specify how you want AutoCAD to attach multiline text to leaders. The following illustration shows the attachment options.

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To create a simple leader with text

  1. From the Dimension menu, choose Leader.
  2. Specify the arrow point.
  3. Specify the text point, and then press ENTER to enter the leader text.
  4. Specify the text width.
  5. Enter the first line of text. To enter another line of text, press ENTER, and then enter the text.
  6. Press ENTER twice to end the command.

Command line QLEADER

To change leader settings

  1. From the Dimension menu, choose Leader.
  2. Press ENTER to display the Leader Settings dialog box, and choose any tab:
  • On the Annotation tab, set the annotation type, mtext, and annotation reuse options.
  • On the Leader Line & Arrow tab, set the leader line and arrow properties.
  • On the Attachment tab, set the multiline text attachment options.

Command line QLEADER

To create a spline leader with text

  1. From the Dimension menu, choose Leader.
  2. Press ENTER to display the Leader Settings dialog box, and choose any tab:
    • On the Annotation tab, select MText.
    • On the Leader Line & Arrow tab, select Spline.
  3. Select OK.
  4. Specify the first, second, and third (optional) leader line points, and then press ENTER.
  5. Enter the first line of text. To add additional lines, press ENTER once.
  6. Press ENTER twice to end the command.

Command line QLEADER
The following procedure shows you how to append a feature control frame to a leader. For information about creating feature control frames, see “Adding Geometric Tolerances.”

To append a feature control frame to a leader

  1. From the Dimension menu, choose Leader.
  2. Press ENTER to display the Leader Settings dialog box.
  3. On the Annotation tab, select Tolerance.
  4. Choose OK.
  5. Specify the first, second, and third (optional) leader line points, and then press ENTER.
  6. In the Geometric Tolerance dialog box, specify the tolerance values and symbols.
  7. Choose OK.

Command line QLEADER

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