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How to quickly find dimensions with 'hardcoded' dim.text?

A - answer You have received a drawing where some dimensions contain non-associative (overridden, "fake") text. Such non-standard dimensioning entities can be set back to standard associative dims.

Use the DIMREASSOC function from the Express Tools (now an internal command) - after selecting all drawing dimensions only those containing text overrides will remain highlighted. Use the Disassociated option in the internal command.

Another option (trick) how to select overridden dimensions is the command QSELECT. Select the Object type "Dimension", the Property "Text override", the Operator "Wildcard Match" and as the Value enter the string (sans the double-quotes) "?*" (meaning: 'at least one character').

You can also use the OverDimCol LISP utility to highlight all overridden dimensions - see Download.

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See also:
Tip 13552:Differential dimension X,Y
Tip 13426:Use of alternative units for arithmetic in dimensions (without square brackets).
Tip 12310:How to check if a dimension is associative or not? (LISP)
Tip 11989:How to dimension an ellipse in AutoCAD?
Tip 11823:Associative dimensions in drawing views of a 3D model in AutoCAD.


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