How to Exit Text

You may know that after you finish editing or entering MTEXT, all you need to do to exit the MTEXT is to click outside of it. But if you do that when working with DTEXT (Single Line text) you will not exit the text but rather start a new line of DTEXT wherever you pick.

Here is a great way to exit whatever type of text you are in without having to go back to your mouse.

When you are done entering or editing text, simply hold the CTRL button and then hit <enter>

It’s that simple



About AutoCAD Tips

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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9 Responses to How to Exit Text

  1. Bill Hubbs says:

    Is there a way to convert DTEXT to MTEXT when using AutoCAD LT 2012?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I don’t think so. But I will take a look at some DIESEL code over the weekend and see what it can do.
      The only thing that I think would be a problem is that after making a selection set of DTEXT objects it isn’t as easy as simply doing a chprop (change properties) and making a new MTEXT object from them. DIESEL, SCR & macros are simple programs…
      I’ll see what I can do.

  2. Bill Hubbs says:

    Thanks. The company I work for recently upgraded to AutoCAD 2012 LT. We ran 2002 up until then. Back when we switched from 2000 to 2001 the Express Tools had been left out, so I called Auto Dest and asked them why. They told me no one used it. They E-mailed me 3 files and told me what directories to paste them, hey, there was my Express Menu. I did the same thing when we wnet to 2002. I didn’t think it would be wise to try the same thing with 2012 LT.

  3. AutoCAD Tips says:

    In regards to adding the Express Tools to any LT version of AutoCAD, It can’t be done. The Express tools are written in AutoLISP/Visual LISP and LT just doesn’t recognize LISP. The common perception is that LT versions are basically only a 2D drafting version of CAD (No 3d). But they strip out so many really helpful 2D drafting tools that it is really frustrating. Simple things like extracting attributes or AutoLISP programs Express Tools… are all helpful regardless of what dimension one is drafting in.

    To be honest, I don’t think that going from 2002 to 2012 LT is much of an upgrade.

    I am still working on understanding DIESEL for your request. It is frustrating because it is such a limited programming language.

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I am a huge fan of AutoCAD – but if your company is trying to save money and that is why they are switvhing to an LT version of AutoCAD, you may end up working harder.
      You may look into an “AutoCAD clone” called BrisCAD
      Briscad costs $400 and can do so much more than any LT version of AutoCAD. It can run autolisp & Visual Lisp. Whereas AutoCAD LT costs $1400, you can buy 3 seats of BrisCAD…
      just a suggestion.
      At my first drafting job, they were using an LT version and it drove me insane. I luckily got a full version of AutoCAD, but I was going to buy this BrisCAD program if they didn’t get the full version for me.

  4. Bill Hubbs says:

    Except for the absence of the Express Tools I am pleased with the 2012 LT. The only reason we changed from the 2002 was because we were starting to get customer drawings in updated versions. I was completely happy with 2002. I am a self taught AutoCADian, so having learned on older DOS versions I am used to figuring ways to work around obstacles. I am just a small fish in a big pond, so I didn’t have much say in the upgrade. I will be able to do just fine, it will just be a small irritation for a short time.

  5. Bill Hubbs says:

    BTW, I am not doing any real drafting with the 2012 LT. Basically I am just writing Manufacturing Instructions and using AutoCAD for pictorials.

  6. Jake says:

    Kind of late to the thread, but we just upgraded to 2012lt and the loss of lisp routines is frustrating. I used a lot of the change text lisp and set up some macros to enable me to label pipes and other equipment with leaders and a text string already edited to the size (3″ 4″ etc.). I suppose there is no way around this. It makes the schedules harder to edit. The owner is really particular about how the drawings look and I have never been able to get him to go for the excel schedules.

  7. Trotters Touch says:

    Oh thank goodness I found this… thank you so so so much!! I was totally stuck in single line and when I’m already behind on due dates, these assignments need to be as fast as I can possibly manage! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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