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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):

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See also:
Tip 12697:Opposite angle for angular dimensions in Inventor drawings (iLogic).
Tip 12264:How to show dimension tolerance in a different color?
Tip 12228:How to set decimal precision (number of dec.places) for Inventor 3D Annotations?
Tip 11989:How to dimension an ellipse in AutoCAD?
Tip 11967:How to apply a changed drawing template (DWT) to existing drawings?

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