How Do You Do Automatic Numbering in AutoCAD?

Are you tired of manually numbering your objects in AutoCAD? Well, you’re in luck!

AutoCAD offers a convenient feature that allows you to automatically number your objects with just a few clicks. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of enabling and using automatic numbering in AutoCAD. So let’s get started!

Enabling Automatic Numbering

Before we can delve into the process of automatic numbering, let’s first ensure that the feature is enabled in your AutoCAD settings. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Launch AutoCAD and open the desired drawing.
  2. Step 2: In the top menu bar, click on the “Tools” tab.
  3. Step 3: From the dropdown menu, select “Annotate“.
  4. Step 4: In the expanded submenu, click on “Balloons“.
  5. Step 5: A dialog box will appear. Make sure the “Balloons Enabled” checkbox is checked.
  6. Step 6: Click “OK” to save your changes and close the dialog box.

Using Automatic Numbering

We have now enabled automatic numbering in AutoCAD. Let’s proceed to learn how to use this feature effectively:

Balloon Placement and Sizing

In order to place balloons and assign numbers automatically, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: In the top menu, click on the “Annotate” tab.
  2. Step 2: From the dropdown menu, select “Balloons“.
  3. Step 3: Click on “Balloon Placement” to define the method for balloon placement.
    • Note: You can choose to place balloons automatically or manually depending on your preference.
  4. Step 4: Adjust the balloon size by clicking on “Balloon Sizing“.
    • Note: You can choose a fixed size or utilize AutoCAD’s automatic sizing feature.

Balloon Numbering and Formatting

To assign numbers automatically and format the balloons accordingly, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: In the top menu, click on the “Annotate” tab.
  2. Step 3: Click on “Balloon Numbers” to define how you want your balloons numbered.
    • Note: You can choose between numeric order or using a predefined sequence.
  3. Step 4: Customize balloon formatting by clicking on “Balloon Formatting“.
    • Note: You can modify the appearance of the balloons by changing the text style, size, color, etc.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to enable and utilize automatic numbering in AutoCAD.

With this feature, you can save time and effort by letting AutoCAD handle the tedious task of numbering your objects. Remember to experiment with different placement and formatting options to achieve the desired result. Happy drawing!