How to

How to rotate dimension text in AutoCAD?

Brief Answer: To rotate dimension text in AutoCAD, use the Properties panel or the Dimension Style Manager.

Detailed Explanation and Solutions:

  1. Understanding the Need:
    • Rotating dimension text in AutoCAD is needed for better readability and alignment with drawing elements.
  2. Using the Properties Panel:
    • Select Dimension: Click on the dimension whose text you want to rotate.
    • Open Properties Panel: Press Ctrl + 1 to open the Properties panel.
    • Find Text Rotation: Scroll to the ‘Text’ section.
    • Set Rotation Angle: Enter the desired rotation angle in the ‘Text Rotation’ field.
    • Apply Changes: The dimension text will rotate to the specified angle.
  3. Using Dimension Style Manager:
    • Open Dimension Style Manager: Type DIMSTYLE in the command line and press Enter.
    • Modify Style: Choose the dimension style you’re using and click ‘Modify’.
    • Adjust Text Angle: In the ‘Text’ tab, find the ‘Text Rotation’ field and set your angle.
    • Save and Close: Click ‘OK’ to save changes and close the dialog.

Key Points:

  • Consistency: For uniformity, adjust text rotation in dimension styles for similar dimensions.
  • Immediate Effect: Changes in Properties affect the selected dimension immediately.
  • Global Effect: Changes in Dimension Style Manager affect all dimensions using that style.

Rotating dimension text in AutoCAD ensures that dimension annotations are aligned appropriately with other elements in the drawing, enhancing clarity and professionalism in your CAD presentations.