Have you sometimes encountered a scenario, when you plot your drawing then the TEXT in your drawing appeared only as an outline? (Fig.1) but if you look at it in AutoCAD it is appear as normal filled text. This happen specially if you are using the ARIAL type kind of fonts.



 Sometimes this thing happens because the value of the TEXTFILL was set in zero (0)by default the value of TEXTFILL is one (1).

So what is TEXTFILL?

TEXTFILL, is an AutoCAD command serve as to control the fillings of  TrueType fonts while plotting and rendering. You might wanna ask why the TEXTFILL value was set to zero (0) when the default should be one (1). The only scenario I can think of is, maybe the drawing that you are doing was just saved in a existing AutoCAD drawing file, and maybe the author of that existing AutoCAD file changed the default value of the TEXTFILL from (1) to (0).

Anyhow, if happens that you’re in this situation, just type-in TEXTFILL at the command prompt, then changed its value from zero (0) to one (1).





The next time you plot your drawing the TEXT will appear as it is in the image above.

Free AutoLisp Routine (Text Transfer)

I think it is safe to say that, most of the advance AutoCAD users, knows how to use AutoLisp, they might even know how to do a routine by themselves as well.  Just like some of my colleagues, back in the previous company that I’ve been work with. Some of my colleagues there are AutoLisp fanatics, they even develop an AutoLisp routine of their own. And I can even say that I know how to do a AutoLisp routine, albeit not that complex as some of my colleagues does.

Well, anyway I just like to share an AutoLisp routine that my colleagues shared with us back then. This routine called Text Transfer.

Text Transfer is an AutoLisp routine, that will allow you to copy a series of text content to one place to another. You’ll just have to select the text content that you want to be copied and transfer it to another location, by clicking the text on the selected location or the text you want to replace. 

Copy the set of text below and save it to notepad, but make sure that you put (.lsp) as your file extension, or it wont work, then save it and put it on a folder that you can easily remember.

Text Transfer Lisp

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.