Point Size

If you have ever been frustrated with the size of POINTs in your drawing, there is an easy way to change the size and the way they appear in your drawing.

The command is DDPTYPE and it will open a dialog box where you can set the size and look of your POINTs.

Instead of using the commands “PDMODE” & “PDSIZE” & having to know the numeric size setting, this handy dialog box shows previews of how they will look.


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39 Responses to Point Size

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  3. diman says:

    thank you very much, this helps a lot!

  4. Sofi says:

    this is way more helpful than the Autocad help itself! =) thank you!

  5. poprox13 says:

    how do you change the size of the text?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      For MTEXT: try to control the size through the text style or if you must override the text style, highlight the text and in the “edit text” contextual ribbon, specify the new text height.
      For DTEXT (single line text) control the height through the properties palette

      • poprox13 says:

        I know how to change regular text size, this thread was about points and trying to figure out how to change the size of the text on the points. Thanks

  6. Adnan Akram says:

    Thanks a lot boss!

  7. Mick says:

    For those wondering about the point of text and not the point of points :)….
    You can use some pipe symbol text and set the justification to middle.
    I was using 2.777 thinking it was 8 point until I imported 100% scale drawing into office.
    The sizes were out.
    In fact the pipe height for 2.7777mm text was app. 3.65mm top to bottom.
    72 point per 25.4mm or inch.
    3.65 / 25.4 * 72 = 10.3464 point.
    Which explains why my supposed 8 point was in fact almost identical in appearance to 10 point text in the document.
    So best thing to do is use 0.75 mm per point….eg
    10/72 point * 25.4mm * 0.75 scale = 2.6458333′ mm for 10 point text.
    There is 96 pixels to 72 points, so this “might be” the reason for the odd 0.75 relationship.

  8. michael says:

    thank you very much. i am new in CAD2014…it is not where it was on 2008.. ;)

  9. Jj says:

    a lot of thanks!!!

  10. Kylie says:

    What if you want your points in model space be let’s say 0.4 unit and in paper space – 0.1 unit. can you do that?

  11. Diego says:

    I need know how is the command ddptype in Autocad 2015

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Nothing has changed when I tested it in 2015. Maybe the setting that displays dialog boxes has been switched on your AutoCAD. To turn this back on use CMDDIA [enter] then set it to 1

      • Diego says:

        Thanks for your response,
        I need the DDPTYPE command for the Autocad civil 3d 2015, or how edit the point style?

  12. 1skej8 says:

    Hello Sir,

    I’ve been following you because of your helpful tips. especially giving us some awesome autolisp programs. but this time I wanted to ask you a question on how to change or replace the existing reference point of a block. been doing the POINT command but nothing happens. the old reference point is still there. can’t remove or replace it with a new one. please help me with this. thank you in advance. :D


    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Thanks Sean, I’m very pleased that you find this blog useful.
      Since it seems that you are able to use lisp, I would suggest trying Lee Mac’s Change Block Insertion Lisp routine found here: http://www.lee-mac.com/changeblockinsertion.html
      There are 2 variants of the routine. 1) changes the insertion point and keeps the block in its current position (doesn’t move the block). 2) Changes the block insertion point and then adjusts the block accordingly.

      But I am wondering how you are currently going about either altering blocks or creating blocks.

      If you are altering existing blocks, I would suggest modifying the blocks in the “block editor” and then use the move command and move the objects to the coordinates 0,0,0.
      Since I am not aware of the scenario or how familiar you are, I with throw together a blog post showing how to this in the block editor and hopefully it will clear things up. Or if the Lee’s routine helps you, that is great as well.


    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Here is the newest post in response to your question. Hopefully this helps.


      • 1skej8 says:

        Thank you so much for this Sir Greg. Solved the problem. :) thank you once again. I hope I can learn more Lisp programs from you or from this blog because some of the tutorials in the net are too broad and can’t hardly understand them easily. :)

  13. Dana says:

    I have been trying to divide a line and the points are there I just cant see them unless I use a window to select them. I have tried changing the point style both from the command line and the format drop down but nothing seems to be working. Any thoughts?

  14. fuzzytnth3 says:

    Is it possible to change the colour of Points ?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      Yes – by placing them on layers with the desired layers with the colors applied to the layers or by overriding the color in the “Properties” palette or Properties panel on the ribbon.
      One thing you can’t do is have multiple point styles – some point being dots and others being circles with crosshairs…

  15. Matthew says:

    Hello! So I changed my points but now the points are all the way across my screen and I dont want that. I have been changing the size via both options and they dont seem to have an effect on the node sizing. Any tips to get these nodes to a size where they do not take up my entire screen when I am zoomed out and in?

  16. Bertold says:

    Thanks a LOT!!!

  17. Edwin says:

    Is it possible to have different sizes of points like some are bigger than the others? Or are they always uniform in size?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      You are stuck with only one Point style at a time.
      So one thing you can do is make a block in the shape that you want to be different. Then put the points that you want to remain controlled by the point style dialog box on their own layer.
      Turn off that layer.
      Then use the Lisp routine below to place the block that you want to look like a different point.

      The LISP routine below is Lee-Mac’s “Point Manager”


  18. Sagar Aryal says:

    I spent few hours to find the solutions. You fixed it in few seconds. Thanks a lot.

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  20. p Klaassen says:

    Hi ik zie wanneer ik divide toepas geen punten.

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