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Text Property Modification

AutoCAD 2005 includes a few commands to aid the process of changing text properties such as height and justification. These new tools can help tasks that take hours to complete finish in mere seconds. Learning these features and how to leverage them in your everyday work is key to high productivity.

Scaling Text

Accessed through the Modify pull-down menu, Object, Text, the SCALETEXT command enables you to select as many text objects as needed to modify. After selecting your objects, you get a prompt


where you can choose any number of methods to change the size of the text objects.

If you choose the default <Existing> option, the base point for the scaling procedure is based on the existing text insertion point. If you choose any other option, the scaling process is relative to that justification type. For example, TC would change the scale of the text relative to the Top Center of the text.

Following the choice of from where to scale the text, you get another prompt:

Specify new height or [Match object/Scale factor] <0.1000>

Here you decide how to change the size of the text. You can specify a literal size, pick an object on-screen to get a distance, or just provide a scale factor such as 1.5. This changes your text heights by 1.5 times. After that, the various text objects change.


The SCALETEXT command has no dialog interface.

Changing Text Justifications

Also accessed in the Modify pull-down menu under Object, Text, the new JUSTIFYTEXT command enables you to change the justification of multiple text objects very easily. You could of course use the Properties palette, but that adjusts the justification only about the insertion point. What this means is a piece of text that is left-justified at 0,0 when switched to right justification will graphically move to a -X value but keep the insertion at 0,0.

However, using the JUSTIFYTEXT command preserves all graphic locations of text and relocates the insertion points. If you have ever had this problem, you will recognize what a timesaver this is.

At the Select Objects prompt, gather all your text objects to change justification. Then another prompt appears:

[Left/Align/Fit/Center/Middle/Right/TL/TC/TR/ML/MC/MR/BL/BC/BR] <TC>

Choose which justification type you want and then press Enter. AutoCAD then changes the justification but doesn't move the text's first line visually. Of course, when you change the justification on mtext objects, the subsequent lines of text in the mtext object alter to honor the new justification.


The JUSTIFYTEXT command has no dialog interface.

Space Translation

SPACETRANS is a transparent command available in AutoCAD 2005. This command converts distances from space, such as model space, to an equivalent distance in paper space. This is typically needed for determining text heights between spaces. The program is transparent-capable, so it can provide the data to other commands.


A transparent command is any program that can be used while running another command. An example of this is the ZOOM command; you can zoom while drawing lines in the LINE command. To use a transparent-aware command, prefix it with a (') sign and press Enter.

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