Category Archives: Attributes

AutoLISP: Align Attributes

Here is a useful routine for aligning attributes in a block. Here’s how: AATTR <enter> to start (Align ATTRibute) Specify the alignment direction Vertical or Horizontal Select the Attribute that the others will be aligned to Select the rest of … Continue reading

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QTEXT to Select Empty Text or Attributes

I have previously posted about using the QTEXT command to temporarily hide your text in order to speed up performance in case you are working on a large drawing… Well, Here’s another use for QTEXT. If you have empty text … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Swap Text & Attributes

Here is a good quickie that lets you swap text objects – even Attributes that are within the same block and even attributes within different blocks. (Note: the “swapping” of attributes is actually only swapping the “value” of the and … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Change Attribute Color to Bylayer (global)

I have used this routine a lot. I sometimes get drawings that have attributes that have had their color changed to something other than “BYLAYER.”  This routine will change all attributes colors to be BYLAYER. Here’s How: After loading, simply … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Attribute to text (mtext)

Here is a rare LISP routine. there are plenty of routines out there that take an exploded attribute and turn it into either text or mtext. But this routine allows you to make mtext objects out from attributes without exploding … Continue reading

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Autolisp: Deleting All Attributes In A Block

Unlike the previous post where you could only delete all but one attribute, this LISP routine allows you to delete all attributes in the selected blocks. As seen below: ATTDEL2 <to start> Select blocks with attributes  <enter> all attributes from … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Delete Attributes

If you need to delete attributes from a block, you can always use the command BATTMAN or you can use this LISP routine. Either way, you cannot delete all attributes from the block but at least you can remove what … Continue reading

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Leaders with Shapes Made Easy

You may know that you can create a MultiLeader style that incorporates a shape at the end of the leader like a square or circle – this is useful for making keynotes and legends. The problem with this is that … Continue reading

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QTEXT

Large amounts of text in a drawing can slow down your drawing session. AutoCAD regenerates whenever you pan and zoom, so when you have a lot of text in your drawing, you have the option of temporarily hiding text in … Continue reading

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Attributes – Creating & Extracting

An ATTRIBUTE is information that is attached to a block. This information is extractable (can be taken out of the block) and is useful for compiling such things as a Bill of Materials or area totals… Creating Attributes command: ATTDEF  or … Continue reading

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