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Creating AutoCAD Dimension style

When using dimensions we constantly have to modify the standard style from AutoCAD to fit our needs. Creating a dimension style is one of the answers to this problem. By creating a dimension style we can have different styles for specific scales, etc.. Plus we can always transfer the style to another drawing or save it as a template for future use. Not to mention, that also saves you time.

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To create a dimension style, follow the steps below:

1. Go to Format then select text style Dimension style or type Dimstyle in the command line.

2. Select New to start from scratch, otherwise select any existing styles on the left to modify. For this tutorial we will create new styles.can either select Standard style or create a new style.

3. When prompted, specify a name for the new style or create the style based on the existing standard from AutoCAD by default or any other existing styles. Use the standard one for now.

4. Specify the use for this new style on the pull down list. Use All dimensions for now, and no annotative for now.

5. Click on Continue.

There are many things to change in there. For this tutorial we will go over the most important ones.

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6. The tab Lines is divided into two categories: The Dimension lines and the Extensions lines. Under each section you can change their color and their linetype for the style.

7. Select Suppress Dim line 1 or 2 to hide dimension lines from left to right.

8. Select Suppress Ext line 1 or 2 to hide extension lines from left to right.

9. Under Extension lines category: Change Extend beyond dim lines accordingly.

10. Edit Offset from origin to adjust how far you want the dimension from the object.

11. On Symbols and arrows select what kind of arrow heads you like for first, second dimensions and leader.

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12. Specify how big the arrow head should be under Arrow size.

13. Under the Text tab you can select a text style if you have already created one or you can specify a font style. You can use that in conjunction with our handy scale table list if you are not sure what size to use for your drawing scale.

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14. Specify a height for your text.

15. Specify text placement and orientation under the Text placement category.

16. Select your Text alignment.

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17. Under Fit tab select either text or arrows (best fit) for fitting.

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18. Use 1 for overall scale dimension.

19. Under Primary units tab, select your format unit from the pull down list.

Those are the most essentials parts of creating the dimension style. You can change the values for the rest of the categories to fit your needs. It should not be that difficult since as you change the values the screen preview on the top right changes automatically to confirm your changes.

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