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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 13836:How to reset view numbering in Inventor?
Tip 13495:How to create a full diameter dimension with two arrows?
Tip 13426:Use of alternative units for arithmetic in dimensions (without square brackets).
Tip 13411:How do I set tolerances for several dimensions at the same time?
Tip 12697:Opposite angle for angular dimensions in Inventor drawings (iLogic).

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