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Working with text styles


When you add text to a drawing, it uses the current text style. Text style determines the font, size, angle, orientation, whether the text is annotative by default, and other characteristics.


Every drawing has a default text style, named Standard, which initially uses the Arial font. You cannot delete the Standard style, but you can rename it or modify it. You can change the font, the size of the font, and the obliquing angle applied to it. If you change the font or orientation of an existing style, all existing text entities created using that style are automatically updated to reflect the new font or orientation. Changing any other characteristic has no effect on existing text. You also can create and use an unlimited number of additional text styles.


The text style determines the characteristics shown in the following table.

To create a text style


Do one of the following to choose Text Styles Manager:


  • On the ribbon, choose Annotate > Text Styles Manager (in Text).
  • On the menu, choose Format > Text Styles Manager.
  • On the Format toolbar, click the Text Styles Manager tool.
  • Type style and then press Enter.


Click New.


Type a new text style name, then click OK.


Under Text Font, select the name, style, and language of the font you want to use.


Under Text Measurements, select the check boxes if you want annotative text; you can also enter a Fixed Text Height (Paper Text Height if annotative), Width Factor, or Oblique Angle measurement.


Under Text Generation, select the check boxes you want to indicate the direction for printed text to appear.


Click OK.


To begin using the new style, choose Draw > Text.


In the prompt box, select Use Defined Style.

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