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Why do I have an inactive "thousands separator" item in AutoCAD text field formatting?

A - answer When inserting a dynamic text field in AutoCAD, the "Additional Format" dialog shows the options "Thousands" (thousands separator character) or "Conversion factor" as inactive, grayed out.

This behavior is related to multi-item property values, e.g. X-Y-Z coordinate of the insertion point, location (.InsertionPoint). Even if you select only one component from this coordinate, e.g. the X value, the supplementary format will not offer all the features available for number type values, i.e. not even the thousands separator or the conversion factor.

The solution is quite simple. First set the separator for another property, a numeric one, e.g. "Unit Factor", "X Scale", "Thickness", "Area", etc. and only after that select the X-component coordinate type property.

Another option is to add the required formatting code (e.g. %th32 for a space as a thousands separator) directly as a text string to the field code and insert the entire field code as text in your DWG drawing.

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See also:
Tip 13737:Formatting leading zeros in AutoCAD fields (and automatic field update).
Tip 13426:Use of alternative units for arithmetic in dimensions (without square brackets).
Tip 13006:Calculated property descriptions (tobogan slide from floor to floor)
Tip 13000:Labels of dimensional parameter values in dynamic blocks (parameters->attributes)
Tip 12790:Centered dynamic label (e.g. area label).

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