Quick Tip – Quickly Edit Multiline Attributes in Autocad Blocks

Like most all tasks in AutoCAD, editing multiline attributes can be accomplished in many ways.  The method that you use is generally guided by your personal preference and/or the method that you first learned or were taught by someone else.  Today’s Quick Tip describes three methods for editing multiline attributes.

Method #1: Editing the text through the properties palette or with quick properties.

Left click on the block that you want to edit so that it is hilited.  On the properties palette (or in quick properties if turned on), find the name of the multiline attribute that you wish to edit and click on the ellipses symbol (…) to open the text in the mtext editor.  Once you are finished editing, click outside of the text box to close the mtext editor and then escape to deselect the block.

Method #2: Editing the text through the (Enhanced) Attribute Editor dialog box.

Double left click on the block that you wish to edit.  Depending on your double click settings, this will open either the attribute editor or enhanced attribute editor dialog box.  Find the name of the multiline attribute that you wish to edit and click on the ellipses symbol (…) to open the text in the mtext editor.  Once you are finished editing, click outside of the text box to close the mtext editor and then you will also have to click OK to close the dialog box.

Method #3: Editing multiline attributes using the CTRL key.

While holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard, double left click on the multiline attribute that you wish to edit to go straight to the mtext editor. Once you are finished editing, click outside of the text box to close the mtext editor.

Method #3 is by far the quickest and easiest way to edit multiline attributes and works with regular attributes as well.  Keep this in mind when creating any blocks with attributes as this method alone is a good argument for using a default value in your attribute definitions.  If no default value is set, there will be no text visible to click on and the method can’t be used.

Take a look at the video below showing a quick demonstration of all 3 methods.

Until next time…

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