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Paragraph Dialog Box
Quick Reference

Sets indentation for paragraphs and the first lines of paragraphs.

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


Specifies tab stops, indents, controls paragraph alignment, paragraph spacing, and paragraph line spacing.

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.

List of Options

The following options are displayed.


Displays tab setting options, including adding and removing tabs. Options include setting left, center, right, and decimal tabs. You can also set tabs from the Tab selection button on the In-Place Editor’s ruler.

Decimal style

Sets the decimal style based on current user locale. Options include setting the decimal style as period, comma, and space. This setting is preserved with the drawing even if the locale setting is changed.

Left Indent

Sets the indent value for the first line or hanging indent to the selected or current paragraphs.

Right Indent

Applies the indent to the entire selected or current paragraph.

Paragraph Alignment

Sets the alignment properties for the current or selected paragraphs.

Paragraph Spacing

Specifies the spacing before or after the current or selected paragraphs. The distance between two paragraphs is determined by the total of the after paragraph spacing value of the upper paragraph and the before paragraph spacing value of the lower paragraph.

Paragraph Line Spacing

Sets the spacing between individual lines in the current or selected paragraphs.