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Multicolor dimension texts in AutoCAD.

A - answer The standard dimension object in AutoCAD consists of multiple components and their style (including color) can be individually influenced with the dimension style and dimensioning variables (style override).

But you can also display the dimension text alone in multiple colors. It can be achieved with the paragraph text (mtext) control codes. An overview of these control sequences can be found in the tip 8640.

In the dimension style dialog (DIMSTYLE), you can use these codes to set prefix and suffix for primary and alternate units. E.g. the setting of the string \C2;oprac.\C7; in the field Primary units > Suffix displays the added text "oprac." in yellow color in a standard, non-overridden dimension (similarly: \C5; for blue alternate units):

Similarly you can use control codes (characters) to display any dimension text as a subscript or superscript (index) - see the code \S^.

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See also:
Tip 11160:Dynamic display of layer/block/text style/linetype properties.
Tip 10921:The tolerance frame is displayed or printed in different line weight.
Tip 10031:Dimension with fixed length of extension lines (fixed dim.line offset)
Tip 10023:Inherit properties in additional continue dimensions.
Tip 10015:How to select and modify objects in all layouts of the DWG?


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