Overview of Text Styles
 
 
 

All text in a drawing has a text style associated with it. When you enter text, the program uses the current text style.

The current text style sets the font, size, obliquing angle, orientation, and other text characteristics. If you want to create text using a different text style, you can make another text style current. The table shows the settings for the STANDARD text style.

Text Style Settings

Setting

Default

Description

Style name

STANDARD

Name with up to 255 characters

Font name

txt.shx

File associated with a font (character style)

Big Font

None

Special shape definition file used for a non-ASCII character set, such as Kanji

Height

0

Character height

Width factor

1

Expansion or compression of the characters

Obliquing angle

0

Slant of the characters

Backwards

No

Backwards text

Upside down

No

Upside-down text

Vertical

No

Vertical or horizontal text

The settings for the current text style are displayed at the Command prompts. You can use or modify the current text style or create and load a new text style. Once you've created a text style, you can modify its characteristics, change its name, or delete it when you no longer need it.

Create and Modify Text Styles

Except for the default STANDARD text style, you must create any text style that you want to use.

Text style names can be up to 255 characters long. They can contain letters, numbers, and the special characters dollar sign ($), underscore (_), and hyphen (-). If you don't enter a text style name, the text styles are automatically named Stylen, where n is a number that starts at 1.

You can modify an existing text style in the Text Style dialog box by changing the settings. You can also update existing text of that text style to reflect the changes.

Certain style settings affect multiline and single-line text objects differently. For example, changing the Upside Down and Backwards options has no effect on multiline text objects. Changing Width Factor and Obliquing has no effect on single-line text.

If you rename an existing text style, any text using the old name assumes the new text style name.

You can remove unreferenced text styles from your drawing with PURGE or by deleting the text styles from the Text Styles dialog box. The STANDARD text style cannot be removed.

Change Text Style

When you change the text style of a multiline text object, the updated settings are applied to the entire object, and some formatting of individual characters might not be retained. The following table describes the effects of text style change on character formatting.

Formatting

Retained?

Bold

No

Color

Yes

Font

No

Height

No

Italic

No

Stacking

Yes

Underlining

Yes

Annotative Text Styles

Use annotative text for notes and labels in your drawing. You create annotative text by using an annotative text style, which sets the height of the text on the paper.

For more information about creating and working with an annotative text, see Create Annotative Text.

See Also
To set the current text style
Commands
System Variables
Utilities
Command Modifiers