View Fonts Used in Styles Without Opening A Drawing

Continuing the previous blog post concerning how to control what font is being used as the “Standard” text style – One issue that has come up is that upon opening a drawing that has the “Standard” text style defined as something other than what your machine has it set as, the text in the drawing is being changed  before the user has any control over it. Therefore they might not even know what the initial font was set as when the drawing was sent to them.

One way to check this is to use the Reference Manager tool that installs with AutoCAD.

This tool lets you see what a file’s needed references are and repath them if they are located in a different location without opening the file. (XREFs, .ctb files, Printer Configuration files [.pc3] fonts…

Here’s how:

Open the Reference Manager tool

Start > All Programs > Autodesk >  AutoCAD (version) > Refernce Manager

Opening the Reference Manager

Opening the Reference Manager

Upon opening, You are prompted to load all references (nested) or only the top level of references. If all you want to see is the drawing in question and it doesn’t have any references, use the bottom option.

Reference Manager Prompt

Reference Manager Prompt

When the Reference Manager loads – Simply “Add Drawings” and navigate to the drawing you need more information about. After “adding” the drawing. Notice that the font and the corresponding Text Style are shown. Simply jot this down and you now know what font goes with what Style.

Reference Manager for Text Style Fonts 2



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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 View Fonts Used in Styles Without Opening A Drawing

  1. Randy Valimont says:

    Nice job. More stuff learnt!

  2. larry says:

    What happen to the romandf.shx font?

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