How Do I Edit Text in a Block in AutoCAD?

Editing text in a block is a common task in AutoCAD. Whether you want to change the font, size, or alignment of text within a block, AutoCAD provides several tools to help you accomplish this. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods for editing text in a block.

To begin with, let’s understand what a block is in AutoCAD. A block is a collection of objects that are combined into a single named object.

It can be an individual drawing or a group of objects that are treated as a single entity. Blocks are widely used for creating reusable content and maintaining consistency in drawings.

To edit text within a block, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the drawing containing the block you want to edit.

Step 2: Access the Block Editor by typing “BEDIT” in the command line and pressing Enter. Alternatively, you can right-click on the block and select “Edit Block” from the context menu.

Step 3: The Block Editor window will open, displaying the contents of the selected block. You can see all the objects that make up the block, including any text elements.

Step 4: Select the text you want to edit within the block by clicking on it. The selected text will be highlighted.

Step 5: Now, let’s explore different editing options available for modifying text within a block:

Edit Text Properties

To change basic properties like font, size, and style of the selected text:

  • Type “STYLE” in the command line and press Enter.
  • The Text Style dialog box will open.
  • Select the desired style from the list or create a new one.
  • You can adjust various parameters like font name, height, oblique angle, etc.
  • Click OK to apply the changes.

Align Text

To change the alignment of the selected text within the block:

  • Click on the “Align” button in the Block Editor toolbar.
  • Select one of the available alignment options: Left, Center, Right, Align Middle, Align Baseline, etc.

Edit Text Contents

To edit the actual text content within a block:

  • Select the text using any of the selection methods (clicking or dragging).
  • Type in new text or make changes to existing text.

Format Text

To apply formatting options like bold, italic, underline, etc., to the selected text within a block:

  • Type “MTEDIT” in the command line and press Enter.
  • The Multiline Text Editor window will open.
  • Select the desired formatting options from the toolbar or use keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+B for bold, Ctrl+I for italic, Ctrl+U for underline).
  • Apply formatting as needed and click Close to save changes.

Note: Remember that any changes made in the Block Editor will be reflected in all instances of that block.

After making all necessary edits to your text within a block, save and close the Block Editor. The modified block will now appear with updated text properties.

In conclusion, AutoCAD provides various tools and options for editing text within blocks. By following these steps and utilizing features like changing text properties, alignment, content editing, and formatting options, you can easily customize text elements within your blocks. This ensures consistency and efficiency when working with blocks in AutoCAD.