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Let Me Try

Working with Annotative Text

Before you begin

The following files are needed for this Let Me Try exercise: Working with Annotative text
Ch13-A.dwg (or Ch13-A-metric.dwg)
You have several options available for accessing the file(s):
1. You can access the file(s) in the attachment window of this pdf. To do this:

Click on the paper clip icon of this pdf to open the attachments window.
You will see a list of the files for this exercise
Click on the file name.
The file will open in the appropriate program, if the program is installed on your
Once it has opened, go under File Save As and save the file to your desktop.

2. To access the files from your dataset:

If you havent downloaded the dataset yet, open your course homepage.
Click on the link: Click here to download the dataset for this course.
Save the course dataset to the C: / drive on your computer.

Please note in this section of the lecture there are 7 Let Me Try exercises. For this section, the
exercises must be completed in the following order:
Working with Annotative Text (Click Here)
Working with Annotative Dimensions (Click Here)
Creating Layouts (Click Here)
Working on Layout1 (Click Here)
Working on Layout2 (Click Here)
Overriding Layer Properties in Layout Viewports (Click Here)
Drawing on Layouts (Click Here)
Your current Let Me Try exercise is highlighted. You can navigate between them by clicking on
the appropriate link above. Please ensure you save all your drawings to your computer as
directed by the Let Me Try instructions.

Let Me Try
Working with Annotative Text
In the following steps, you will assign sufficient geometric constraints to ensure that a rectangle will always
remain square even when it is stretched:
1. Open file Ch13-A.dwg (or Ch13-A-metric.dwg) attached to this pdf or in Chapter 13 of your
dataset located on the C: / drive of your computer.
2. Type ST (for Style) and press Enter. Click the New button in the Text Style dialog box that appears.
Type Annotative as the style name in the New Text Style dialog box and click OK.
3. Select Arial as the font name, select Annotative in the Size area, type 1/8 (or 0.4 cm) for Paper
Text Height, and type 0.9 for the Width Factor (see image below). Click Apply and then click Close.

4. Select Zoom Realtime

from the Navigation bar, and zoom into the room with the round table
at the top of the floor plan by dragging upward.
5. Click the Multiline text tool
in the Annotate panel on the ribbons Home tab. Select 1/16 = 10 (or 1:200 for metric) from the dropdown menu in the Select Annotation Scale dialog box that
appears (see image below). Click OK.
If you dont see the Select Annotation Scale dialog box (it can be suppressed), you can still
set the annotation scale on the status bar.

6. Click the first corner at some arbitrary point inside the round table. Type J (for Justify) and press
Enter. The command prompt reads:
Enter justification [TL/TC/TR/ML/MC/MR/BL/BC/BR] <TL>:
Type MC (for Middle Center), and press Enter. Click the second point a short distance down and to
the right. Type Conference Room and press Ctrl + Enter to end the MTEXT command. Pressing
Enter moves you to the next line in multiline text so you must hold Ctrl while pressing Enter to end
the command.

7. Click the Move tool

on the Modify panel, type L (for Last), and press Enter twice. Type INS
(for Insert) and click the text object. Type CEN (for Center) and press Enter. Click the circular table
to center the text on the table (see image below). This text appears 18 high in 1/16 = 1-0 scale
(or 0.4 cm high in 1:200 scale).

8. Select the two toggles adjacent to Annotation Scale on the status bar so that both have yellow icons
indicating they are turned on (see image below).

9. Change Annotation Scale to = 1-0 (or 1:20 for metric) in the status bar. The text you created
appears much smaller. This text will appear 18 high in1/2 = 1-0 scale (or 0.4 cm in 1:20 scale).
Select text object and observe both scales simultaneously (see image below). Press Esc to deselect.

10. Save your work as Ch13-B.dwg or Ch13-B-metric.dwg.