How to Add Text to a Drawing in AutoCAD 2014 - dummies

How to Add Text to a Drawing in AutoCAD 2014

By Bill Fane, David Byrnes

In AutoCAD 2014, adding text to a drawing is similar to adding it to a word processing document. Even though those in the design world rarely have a desire to use text, it is sometimes necessary. Here are the basic steps for adding text to your drawing:

  1. Select an existing AutoCAD text style, or create a new style that includes the font and other text characteristics you want to use.

    Just like a word processor, AutoCAD uses styles — collections of formatting properties — to control the appearance of drawing text.

  2. Make an appropriate layer current.

    To make your AutoCAD drawing efficient and easy to edit for you and others, create text on its own layer. Most drafting offices already have a set of CAD standards that establish specific layers for text and other object types.

  3. Run one of these commands to draw text:

    • TEXT: Draws single-line text

    • mText: Draws paragraph (also called multiline) text

  4. Specify the text alignment points, justification, and (if necessary) height.

  5. Type the text.

  6. (Optional) For annotative text, assign additional annotation scales to the text you just typed, if desired.