Can You Explode Text in AutoCAD?

Text is an essential element in any AutoCAD drawing. It allows us to add annotations, labels, and other important information to our designs.

However, there may be instances where we need to explode text into individual entities for specific purposes. In this article, we will explore whether it is possible to explode text in AutoCAD and how to do it.

Exploding Text in AutoCAD

By default, the “Explode” command in AutoCAD does not work on text objects. When you try to explode a text entity using the “Explode” command or shortcut (EXP), it simply doesn’t work. This behavior is intentional as exploding text can lead to loss of editing capabilities and make the text unrecognizable.

Alternative Methods

Although you cannot directly explode text in AutoCAD, there are alternative methods that can achieve similar results. Here’s a couple of approaches:

Convert Text to Geometry

One way to effectively explode text is by converting it into geometry. To do this, you can use the “Convert Text to Geometry” tool which is available in the “Express Tools” tab of the ribbon.

  1. Select the text object that you want to convert.
  2. Click on the “Express Tools” tab.
  3. In the “Text” panel, click on the “Convert Text to Geometry” tool.
  4. The selected text will now be converted into individual geometry objects.

Keep in mind that once you convert text into geometry, you will no longer be able to edit or modify it as text. Therefore, it is recommended to create a backup copy of your original drawing before performing this conversion.

Explode using Third-Party Tools

Another way to explode text in AutoCAD is by using third-party tools or plugins. These tools often offer advanced functionalities and options for exploding text and other entities.

  • One popular plugin is “Explode Text” by JTB World, which allows you to explode multiple text entities with various settings.
  • Another useful tool is “Text Explosion” by CAD Studio, which provides additional options for exploding complex text objects.

Before using any third-party tools, make sure to research and choose a reliable plugin that suits your requirements. Always follow the installation instructions provided by the plugin developer to ensure compatibility and avoid any potential issues.


While the native “Explode” command in AutoCAD does not work on text objects, there are alternative methods available to achieve similar results. Converting text into geometry or utilizing third-party tools can help you explode text in AutoCAD when necessary. It is important to consider the implications of exploding text, as it may result in the loss of editing capabilities and make the text uneditable.

Remember to always exercise caution when modifying your drawings, especially with critical elements like text. Make sure to create backups and test any new methods or tools on non-critical projects before implementing them in your professional work.

By utilizing these alternative methods effectively, you can overcome the limitations of exploding text in AutoCAD and achieve the desired results while preserving the integrity of your designs.