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Multi-line dimension texts using control codes.

A - answer AutoCAD can create multiline dimension texts that can combine static texts, dynamic dimensioned data (distances, angles, diameters...) and alternative units or tolerances.

For multi-line texts you can use the control characters \P (new line) a \X (above/under dimension line). These characters can be combined and mixed with the control code for the dimensioned value: <>. The dimensioned value and \X can be used only once in the dimension text.

A complex example is the following dimension text (enter it e.g. into the Text override field in the Properties window for the selected dimension entity):

  
first line\Psecond line (P) with dim value: <>\Pthird line (P)\Xfourth line (X)\Pfifth line (P), <> now ignored, \X second X is ignored  
This text creates the following shape of the dimension (colors, alt.units and tolerances were set using Properties or dimension styles):

ACADLTADTMapMDT
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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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