Adding Text to your Dim

I have seen a few Lisp routines that allow you to add a line of text under your dimension. I thought that it would be helpful to show that you don’t need a lisp routine to do this. You just need to know where to edit…





Above: Unedited Dimensions

To add text so that is underneath the dimension but also above the dimension line:

  • Type ED in at the command line and hit <enter>
  • Select the dimension to edit
  • move the text cursor to the right of the dimension value and hit <enter> This will create the new line below the dim value.



Above: Using ED to edit Dimension text

To add text that is below the dimension value and the dimension line:

  • Select the dimension to edit
  • Right click and open the Properties palette
  • Scroll down in the Properties Palette to the Text section of the Palette and then activate the “Text override” text box.
  • I used the following to achieve the below text: <>\XNotes below dimline
  • The Important thing is the <>\X portion. This creates the new text line below the Dim value and the Dimension line.









Above: Properties palette where <>\X is entered



Above: Text below Dimension Value and Dimension Line


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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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2 Responses to Adding Text to your Dim

  1. Pingback: AutoLISP: Dim Text OverRide | AutoCAD Tips

  2. Sebastian says:

    Hi, Why is possible that in some computers, autocad shows this rotated dimension menu and in others no, just is shown a simplify menu where you cant change enything..there is a posibility to active it..

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