How to Add Breakline Symbol in Dimension Line

How to add a breakline symbol to a dimension line?, that’s the question. Sometimes in a AutoCAD Draftsman’s career, they will encounter such drawing that has an object that needs to be shown with breakline symbol in order to fit the drawing inside the drawing area. And ofcourse a drawing cannot be called as a working drawing if the drawing has no Annotations, Title, and specially if no Dimensions.

In a drawing that has an object that shown with breakline symbol, it is recommended that it must come up also with a dimensioning with a breakline symbol or jog symbol. And that’s the time, the command DIMJOGLINE will be needed. You can find the DIMJOGLINE command at the Dimension Toolbar, or at the Dimension pulldown menu, Jogged Linear. Alternatively, you can just type DIMJOGLINE at the command prompt.


Jogged Linear Dimension

DIMJOGLINE is an AutoCAD command that can create a breakline symbol like object, that can be use in a linear dimension line. Jog symbol are used to represent a dimension value that does not the actual measurement of an object. Typically, the actual measurement value of the dimension is smaller than the displayed value. Once you already made the JOG symbol you can modify it’s position by using GRIPS.


Jogged Linear Dimension Object


How to Change Dimension Text in AutoCAD

While doing some visitor tracking in this CAD blog, I came across with a search query “how to change dimension text” in this site’s referral url. Which makes me wonder, what does the searcher really need to know, when he/she makes that search. Is the searcher wants to change the Text content of the dimension or was he/she wants to change te properties of the text in the dimension?.



Anyway, changing dimension text is easy. The simplest way to do it is to use the command DDEDIT or ED in shortcut form when you type it at the command prompt. Then edit the dimension text,  just like the way you edit the regular text in your drawing. That is only if you want to replace the content of dimension text. But if you want to change the location of dimension text, or rotate the dimension text from it’s original position. You can use the command DIMEDIT or in the dimension toolbar click the Dimension Edit icon (fig.1). Then a list of options will appear at the command prompt, asking you what will you do next.

Working with Grips

Grips are small bGripsoxes that appear on a certain points of an objects selected by a selecting with a pointing device. Just by dragging these grips you can perform any operations, such as stretch, move, rotate, scale, mirror and as well as copy. With grips you can combine command and object selection and therefore you can modify your drawings more quickly.

Just select the objects you want before entering a command, and from then on you can manipulate the objects with the cursor. By default grips are always turn on, but you can always turn it off if you prefer not to use grips, just by typing command grips at the command prompt, and enter 0 for the new value.

To use grips, select a grip to act as basepoint for the action. Then select one of the grip modes and hit the enter key or right-click to see all the available options. From then just select what action you want to perform.