How to Keep Readable Text Orientation In AutoCAD

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We often have to create a block with text or attribute that must always be readable. Even if we need to rotate the block, the text must have the same orientation. For example for this tag below. We can only make one; the text rotation will never change.

We just need to change an option in the Text Style.

Modifying Text Style

Open Text Style dialog. Type STYLE then press Enter.

Use the default Annotative text style or make a duplicate. This setting only active if you use an annotative text style.

Activate Match text orientation to layout. Optional: fill the Paper Text Height

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Creating the Attribute

Open Attribute Definition dialog. Type ATTDEF then press Enter.

Fill Tag, Prompt, and Default fields. Change the Text Justification to Middle Center and Text Style to Annotative (see this image below).

Place the tag in your drawing.

Creating Tag Symbol

Create the tag symbol as necessary. Place the symbol and make the attribute insert point coincident with the symbol center. We need the attribute to stay at the center, that is why we set the justification as middle center and the placement at the symbols center.

Creating the Block

Create the block as usual. Type BLOCK then press enter. Select the objects, define the pick point then click OK.

You cannot create Annotative Block with this behavior. Leave the option unchecked. You also cannot make it a Dynamic Block.

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Now try to insert the block and see how it works.

Video Instruction

If you have problem following the tutorial, you can follow this video as a reference.