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7. Select the down arrow next to the Modify panel. Using the pin at the bottom-left corner of
the panel, pin the panel open.
8. Select the Properties command in the General Tools panel to open the AutoCAD Properties
palette. Notice that the Modify panel remains opened and pinned.
It’s All About Style
Before you get into the program itself, it’s important to understand one bit of vocabulary and how
it relates to Civil 3D: style. To put it simply, styles control the display properties of Civil 3D objects
and labels. Styles control everything from the color of your point markers to the interval of your
surface contours, and from your proﬁle-view grid spacing to the text height in the Station-Offset
label of your road alignment. Styles truly are where the power lies in Civil 3D. Label styles and
object styles are the two major categories.
The difﬁcult thing about styles is that it’s hard to talk about them without being speciﬁc. Later
chapters spend a fair amount of time talking about the speciﬁcs of the styles for each object, and
this chapter looks at the common aspects of style manipulation; but styles may remain a mystery
until you get your hands dirty later in the book.
To get started, look at the styles in the Spot Elevation branch by expanding the Surface branch and
then the Label Styles branch on the Settings tab, as shown in Figure 1.14.
Spot Elevation label
There are two basic label styles in the Spot Elevation branch. Let’s create a new one and
explore the options for making labels. Remember, almost all of these options are present in other,
object-speciﬁc label styles.
1. Right-click the Spot Elevation folder, and select New in the pop-up menu to open the Label
Style Composer, as shown in Figure 1.15.
2. On the Information tab, change the style name to something appropriate. For this example,