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Background Mask Dialog Box
Quick Reference

Controls using an opaque background behind multiline text.

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.

Use Background Mask

Puts an opaque background behind the text.

NoteWhen you apply a background mask to mtext multiple columns only the column areas will be masked. The space between the columns commonly referred to as gutters will be unmasked.

Border Offset Factor

Specifies the margin around the text for the opaque background. The value is based on the text height. A factor of 1.0 exactly fits the multiline text object. A factor of 1.5 extends the background by 0.5 times the text height.

Fill Color

Specifies the color for the background.

Use Background Drawing Color

Provides a background that is the same color as the background of the drawing.


Specifies a color for the opaque background. You can select one of the colors in the list or click Select Color to open the Select Color dialog box.