Importing Text Using Drag-and-Drop and Cut-and-Paste

Importing Text Using Drag-and-Drop and Cut-and-Paste
Learn how to import text using drag-and-drop and cut-and-paste in AutoCAD 2018. Get quick and easy video tutorials on annotation objects by AutoCAD experts.

Importing Text Using Drag-and-Drop and Cut-and-Paste

You can use drag-and-drop to insert a text file into a drawing. This can be a useful method for inserting standard notes that were previously created using a word processor. If you drag an ASCII text file into your drawing, the text will be added as multiline text. If you drag a text file with any other extension, such as a Word DOC file, the program inserts it an OLE object.

For example, suppose you previously created and saved some standard notes that you often place in your drawings. Open Windows Explorer and select the file STANDARD_NOTES.DOCX and drag-and drop that file into the current drawing. The program displays the OLE Text Size dialog. Here, you can adjust the font, point size, and text height, and then click OK.

The text is added to the drawing, but as an OLE object, not as a text object. OLE objects can be difficult to format and may not appear as desired in printed output.

When you drag-and-drop an ASCII text or rich text file, however, you can insert it as actual single-line or multiline text. In Windows Explorer, select the file NOTES.TXT and then drag-and-drop it into the drawing. Since it is an ASCII text file, it is added to the drawing as a standard multiline text object. You can then double-click it to open the text in the multiline text editor and make any necessary changes to the text.

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You can also use cut-and-paste to add text to a drawing. For example, open STANDARD_NOTES.DOCX in Microsoft Word. Select all of the text and click Copy to copy the text to the Windows clipboard. Now, you can paste that text into the drawing. On the Home ribbon, in the Clipboard panel, expand the Paste drop-down. If you were to choose the Paste tool, the text would simply be inserted as an OLE object. But if you choose Paste Special, the program displays the Paste Special dialog. Now you can choose either Paste or Paste Link. Select Paste. In the As list, you can choose the type of object used to insert the text. If you choose AutoCAD Entities, the text will be inserted as single-line text. If you choose Unicode Text or Text, the text will be inserted as a multiline text object. Select Text and then click OK. The program prompts you to specify the insertion point. When you click to pick a point, the text is added to the drawing. You can then use the multiline text editor to change the text formatting as needed.

Consider one other method. The text you copied from Word is still in the Windows Clipboard. Expand the Paste drop-down and choose Paste Special. This time, select Paste Link, click OK, and paste the text as an OLE object. Since you created a link, any changes you make to the Word document will appear in your drawing. In Word, make some changes and then, save those changes, and then close the Word document. When you return to Once you close the drawing, and open it again, you will see the changes you made to the Word document. If for any reason you do not see the changes, But you can also force themchanges to appear immediately by using the OLELINKS command. Start to type the command and then choose it from the auto-complete list. The program displays the Links dialog. In the list of links, select the link to the Word document, click Update Now, and then click Close. As soon as you do, the you can see that the text in the OLE object willhas updated to reflect the changes.

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