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AutoCAD Advanced Techniques
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Blocks can be used for a variety of purposes. In this lesson, I will define a new block that I will later use to mark rooms. This means that he must have the possibility of subsequently entering the appropriate text, and this can be achieved by using Tags.

To begin with, I will enlarge the middle part of the drawing because I have enough free space on it. Before I move on to adding new elements, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to create a separate Layer for them. To that end, I’ll click on the Layer Properties icon and first check if there’s already a layer in this list that’s meant for text content. Honestly, I couldn’t find it, so I’m going to click on this icon and create a new layer that way. The name of the Layer should reflect its purpose, so instead of Layer1 I will enter Text and make sure that this layer immediately becomes active (Current). The next parameter I can change is the color, and that can be done by clicking on this little square. After that, the entire palette will appear on the screen, so it will not be difficult for me to choose the white color, the field with the number 7.

I’m finally ready to enter new text, so I’ll start the command of the same name and from the line command immediately select the MC option, which means that the future text will be placed centrally in relation to the selected point. I can choose it quite freely, so I will click here, where I have the most empty space. The next parameter that I need to determine is the font size, and since the entire text must be readable even at a smaller scale, I will return to the display of the entire drawing and only then define the appropriate height of the text. It seems to me that 8 units will be quite enough, although this value depends a lot on the project you are working on. The last parameter refers to the angle at which the entire text should be placed, and since I want it to be horizontal, I will simply press Enter and thus accept the offered angle of 0 degrees.

Since I have defined all the parameters, the program expects me to enter the text that should appear on the screen. Since I am currently in the living room, I will type Living Room and press Enter twice to complete this operation.

In addition to inscriptions, serial numbers are often used to mark rooms, which means that I need another text element. Since it should have the same characteristics as the already existing room name, I will use the Copy function and place the new element a little lower than the existing one. To change the content, it is enough to quickly click twice on the corresponding text, so I will use this possibility and mark the living room with the number 101. A rectangular frame is usually placed around this data, so I will start the Rectangle command and immediately add the corresponding element. Unfortunately, it is not perfectly centered in relation to the numerical value, but this can be easily corrected. For that, I will need one auxiliary line, and that is the one that connects the opposite vertices. If I then select it and this box, it will not be difficult for me to align the middle of the diagonal with the coordinate that represents the insertion point. To that end, I will select the Insertion option from the auxiliary menu and precisely locate the desired point. After that I can remove the guide line and move this inscription a little further.

In this way, I completed the element that will be used to mark the rooms. In order for it to really become that, I have to define a new block with the so-called attributes, and that will be the topic of the next lesson.

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