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AutoCAD® 2012 & AutoCAD LT® 2012 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein

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Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles

In This Chapter

Introducing dimension styles Classifying a new dimension style Altering dimension styles

In Chapter 14, you drew many dimensions using the default dimension style. However, you can create your own dimension styles to control the way dimensions appear. Once you're familiar with dimensions, you can learn how to customize them to suit your needs.

Understanding Dimension Styles

You should create your dimension styles before dimensioning. Some drawings have several dimension styles, although a drawing can look confusing if it has too many dimension styles. In general, you create a dimension style, save it in your template drawings, and (you hope) rarely have to deal with it again, except to override a setting for a unique situation.

The various disciplines each have their own standards and customs regarding dimensions. Dimension styles are flexible enough to accommodate any type of dimensioning practice.

9781118022214-ma096.tif To create a dimension style, choose Annotate tabDimensions panel, and click the dialog box launcher arrow at the right end of the panel title bar to open the Dimension Style Manager, as shown in Figure 15.1. The current dimension style is shown as Standard, which is the default dimension style.

Figure 15.1

The Dimension Style Manager

The Dimension Style Manager is the master control room for managing dimensions. Here you create ...

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