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Creates or modifies multiline text objects.

Access Methods


 Ribbon:  Home tabAnnotation panelMultiline TextNot available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Menu: Draw  Text  Multiline TextNot available in menus in the current workspace.
 Toolbar: Draw 
 Command entry: mtext

List of Options

The following options are displayed.

Style Panel


Applies a text style to the multiline text object. The Standard text style is active by default

Annotative Turns Annotative on or off for the current mtext object.
Text Height Sets the character height in drawing units for new text or changes the height of selected text. If the current text style has no fixed height, the text height is the value stored in theTEXTSIZE system variable. A multiline text object can contain characters of various heights.

Formatting Panel


Turns bold formatting on and off for new or selected text. This option is available only for characters using TrueType fonts.


Turns italic formatting on and off for new or selected text. This option is available only for characters using TrueType fonts.


Turns underlining on and off for new or selected text.


Turns overline on and off for new or selected text.

Make Uppercase

Changes the selected text to uppercase.

Make Lowercase

Changes the selected text to lowercase.


Specifies a font for new text or changes the font of selected text. TrueType fonts are listed by font family name. AutoCAD LT compiled shape (SHX) fonts are listed by the name of the file in which the fonts are stored. Custom fonts and third-party fonts are displayed in the editor with Autodesk-supplied proxy fonts.


Specifies a color for new text or changes the color of selected text.

Background Mask

Displays the Background Mask dialog box. (Not available for table cells.)

Oblique Angle

Determines the forward or backward slant of the text. The angle represents the offset from 90 degrees. Entering a value between -85 and 85 makes the text oblique. A positive obliquing angle slants text to the right. A negative obliquing angle slants text to the left.


Decreases or increases the space between the selected characters. The 1.0 setting is normal spacing.

Width Factor

Widens or narrows the selected characters. The 1.0 setting represents the normal width of the letter in this font.

Paragraph Panel

MText Justification

Displays the MText Justification menu with nine alignment options available. Top Left is the default.


Displays the Paragraph dialog box. See the Paragraph dialog box for a list of the options.

Line Spacing

Displays suggested line spacing options or the Paragraph dialog box. Line spacing is set in the current or selected paragraph.

NoteLine spacing is the distance between the bottom of the upper line and the top of the lower line of text in a multiple line paragraph.

The predefined options are:

  • 1.0x, 1.5x, 2.0x, or 2.5x: Sets the line spacing at .5x increments in multiline text.
  • More: Displays the Paragraph dialog box, which provides additional options.
  • Clear Paragraph Spacing: Removes line spacing settings from the selected or current paragraph. The paragraph defaults to the mtext space setting.

Additional options in the Paragraph dialog box:

  • Exact: Defines the space with an arbitrary unit value the user specifies. Changing text height will not affect line spacing.
  • Multiple: Instead of assigning a value to line spacing, you specify spacing according to text height. When text height is not consistent in one line, the line space will be determined by the largest text height value in that line.
  • At least: Takes both the user specified arbitrary value and the text height to determine spacing. If text height is smaller than the arbitrary value the line space is determined by the user specified value. If the text height is larger, the line spacing is equal to the text height value.
NoteNot all of the new options for paragraph and paragraph line spacing are supported in AutoCAD 2007 and previous releases. See MTEXT Paragraph and Paragraph Line Spacing in Previous Releases in the User’s Guide.

Displays the bullet and numbering menu.

Displays options for creating lists. (Not available for table cells.) The list is indented to align with the first selected paragraph.

  • Off: When selected, removes letters, numbers, and bullets from selected text that has list formatting applied. Indentation is not changed.
  • Lettered: Applies list formatting that uses letters with periods for the items in the list. If the list has more items than the alphabet has letters, the sequence continues by using double letters.
  • Numbered: Applies list formatting that uses numbers with periods for the items in the list.
  • Bulleted: Applies list formatting that uses bullets for the items in the list.
  • Restart: Starts a new letter or number sequence in list formatting. If the selected items are in the middle of a list, unselected items below them also become part of the new list.
  • Continue: Adds the selected paragraphs to the last list above and continues the sequence. If list items rather than paragraphs are selected, unselected items below the selected items continue the sequence.
  • Allow Auto-list: Applies list formatting as you type. The following characters can be used as punctuation after letters and numbers and cannot be used as bullets: period (.), comma (,), close parenthesis ()), close angle bracket (>), close square bracket (]), and close curly bracket (}).
  • Use Tab Delimiter Only: Limits the Allow Auto-list and Allow Bullets and Lists options. List formatting is applied to text only when the space after the letter, number, or bullet character was created by Tab, not Space.
  • Allow Bullets and Lists: When this option is selected, list formatting is applied to all plain text in the multiline text object that looks like a list. Text that meets the following criteria is considered to be a list. The line begins with (1) one or more letters or numbers or a symbol, followed by (2) punctuation after a letter or number, (3) a space created by pressing Tab, and (4) some text before the line is ended by Enter or Shift+Enter.

When you clear the check mark, any list formatting in the multiline text object is removed and the items are converted to plain text. Allow Auto-list is turned off, and all the Bullets and Lists options are unavailable except Allow Bullets and Lists.

Left, Center, Right, Justified and Distributed

Sets the justification and alignment for the left, center, or right text boundaries of the current or selected paragraph. Spaces entered at the end of a line are included and affect the justification of a line.

Insert Panel


Inserts a symbol or a nonbreaking space at the cursor position. You can also insert symbols manually. See Symbols and Special Characters.

Commonly used symbols are listed on the submenu, along with their control code or Unicode string. Click Other to display the Character Map dialog box, which contains the entire character set for each font available on your system. When you have selected all the characters that you want to use, click Copy to close the dialog box. In the editor, right-click and click Paste.

Symbols are not supported in vertical text.

Insert Field

Displays the Field dialog box, where you can select a field to insert in the text. When the dialog box closes, the current value of the field is displayed in the text.


Displays the column flyout menu, which provides three column options: No Columns, Static Columns, and Dynamic columns. See Columns menu.

Spell Check Panel

Spell Check

Determines whether As-You-Type spell checking is turned on or off.

Edit Dictionaries Displays the Dictionaries dialog box, where you can add or remove custom dictionaries for use during spell check.

Tools Panel

Find and Replace

Displays the Find and Replace dialog box.

Import Text

Displays the Select File dialog box (a standard file selection dialog box). Select any file that is in ASCII or RTF format. Imported text retains its original character formatting and style properties, but you can edit and format the imported text in the editor. After you select a text file to import, you can replace either selected text or all text, or append the inserted text to text selected within the text boundary. The file size for imported text is limited to 32 KB.

The editor automatically sets the text color to BYLAYER. When black characters are inserted and the background color is black, the editor automatically changes to white or the current color.

NoteA Microsoft Excel spreadsheet imported into a drawing is truncated at 72 rows unless the spreadsheet was created in Microsoft Office 2002 with Service Pack 2 installed. The same limitation applies when the drawing that contains the OLE object is opened on a system with an earlier version of Microsoft Office installed; the spreadsheet is truncated.

Converts all new and imported text to uppercase. AutoCAPS does not affect existing text. To change the case of existing text, select the text and right-click.

Options Panel


Undoes actions in the Text Editor ribbon contextual tab, including changes to either text content or text formatting.


Redoes actions in the Text Editor ribbon contextual tab, including changes to either text content or text formatting.


Displays a ruler at the top of the editor. Drag the arrows at the end of the ruler to change the width of the mtext object. Also displays height and column grips when column mode is active.

You can also select tabs from the ruler. Clicking the Tab Selection button changes tab styles from left, center, right, and decimal. Once you make your selection, you adjust the corresponding tab in the ruler or in the Paragraph dialog box.


Displays a list of additional text options. See Additional Text Options.

Close Panel

Close Text Editor

Ends the MTEXT command and closes the Text Editor ribbon contextual tab.