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How to select DWG texts containing a certain number of characters?

A - answer If you want to find and select all texts in your AutoCAD drawing that contain a certain number of characters, you can use e.g. the command FILTER or a LISP add-on application.

In the FILTER command, choose the filter "Text, value" and as the text value, type wildcard characters, e.g. "????". Then select texts using this filter. Only those texts with 4 characters will stay selected.

Another way, with more advanced options, is the LISP add-on app srxText (see Download) for processing regular expressions, and its option Select. After loading the app (APPLOAD), type the command SRXTEXT2 and the following options:

Pøíkaz: SRXTEXT2
Search texts using [Regular expression/Exact string/Substring] : R
Enter the searched pattern: ^.{4}$
Enter the replace pattern ($1$2 for regex captures):
(no replacements will be performed)
Search only in [Layer/All] :
Search only [Selected/All] :
Number of searched entities: 53
Perform [Skip/skipAll/seLect/Exit]? : L
Number of found/replaced entities: 4/0

Just texts with exactly 4 characters will stay selected.

Other examples of regular expressions for this purpose:


texts with 3 to 5 word characters


texts with 6 or more digits.

Both tools may have a problem with formatted paragraph texts, because their text strings may contain formatting characters and codes.

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