In-Place Text Editor

In-Place Text Editor

Creates or modifies single or multiline text objects.

You can import or paste text from other files to use in multiline text, set tabs,
adjust paragraph and line spacing and alignment, and create and modify columns.

The In-Place Text Editor includes

  • Text Formatting toolbar
  • Paragraph dialog box
  • Column Settings dialog box
  • Background Mask dialog box
  • Columns menu
  • Options menu

When a table cell is selected for editing, the In-Place Text Editor displays column
letters and row numbers.

NOTE: Not all options available when creating single-line text.

List of Options

The following options are displayed.

Text Editor Shortcut Menu

Select All

Selects all the text in the text editor.


Copies the selected text and removes it from the text editor to the clipboard.


Copies the selected text from the text editor to the clipboard.


Pastes the text in the clipboard to the cursor position in the text editor.

Paste Special

Pastes the text in the clipboard to the cursor position in the text editor while removing
character, paragraph, or any formatting from the text in the clipboard. (Not available
for single-line text.)

Insert Field

Displays the Field dialog box.


Displays a list of available symbols. You can also select a Non-breaking space and
open the Character Map dialog box for additional symbols.

Import Text

Displays the Select File dialog box (a standard file selection dialog box). Select
any file that is in ASCII or RTF format. Imported text retains its original character
formatting and style properties, but you can edit and format the imported text in
the editor. After you select a text file to import, you can replace either selected
text or all text, or append the inserted text to text selected within the text boundary.
The file size for imported text is limited to 32 KB. (Not available for single-line

The editor automatically sets the text color to BYLAYER. When black characters are
inserted and the background color is black, the editor automatically changes to white
or the current color.

NOTE: A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet imported into a drawing is truncated at 72 rows unless
the spreadsheet was created in Microsoft Office 2002 with Service Pack 2 installed.
The same limitation applies when the drawing that contains the OLE object is opened
on a system with an earlier version of Microsoft Office installed; the spreadsheet
is truncated.

Paragraph Alignment

Sets alignment for the multiline text object. You can choose to align your text to
the left, center, or right. You can justify your text, or align the first and last
characters of your text with the margins of your text box, or center each line of
text within the margins of your text box. Spaces entered at the end of a line are
included as part of the text and affect the justification of the line. (Not available
for single-line text.)


Displays options for paragraph formatting. See the Paragraph dialog box. (Not available
for single-line text.)

Bullets and Lists

Displays the options for numbering lists. (Not available for single-line text.)

Displays options for creating lists. (Not available for table cells.) The list is
indented to align with the first selected paragraph.

  • Off: When selected, removes letters, numbers, and bullets from selected text that has
    list formatting applied. Indentation is not changed.
  • Lettered: Applies list formatting that uses letters with periods for the items in the list.
    If the list has more items than the alphabet has letters, the sequence continues by
    using double letters.
  • Numbered: Applies list formatting that uses numbers with periods for the items in the list.
  • Bulleted: Applies list formatting that uses bullets for the items in the list.
  • Restart: Starts a new letter or number sequence in list formatting. If the selected items
    are in the middle of a list, unselected items below them also become part of the new
  • Continue: Adds the selected paragraphs to the last list above and continues the sequence. If
    list items rather than paragraphs are selected, unselected items below the selected
    items continue the sequence.
  • Allow Auto-list: Applies list formatting as you type. The following characters can be used as punctuation
    after letters and numbers and cannot be used as bullets: period (.), comma (,), close
    parenthesis ()), close angle bracket (), close square bracket (]), and close curly
    bracket (}).
  • Use Tab Delimiter Only: Limits the Allow Auto-list and Allow Bullets and Lists options. List formatting is
    applied to text only when the space after the letter, number, or bullet character
    was created by Tab, not Space.
  • Allow Bullets and Lists: When this option is selected, list formatting is applied to all plain text in the
    multiline text object that looks like a list. Text that meets the following criteria
    is considered to be a list. The line begins with (1) one or more letters or numbers
    or a symbol, followed by (2) punctuation after a letter or number, (3) a space created
    by pressing Tab, and (4) some text before the line is ended by Enter or Shift+Enter.

    When you clear the check mark, any list formatting in the multiline text object is
    removed and the items are converted to plain text. Allow Auto-list is turned off,
    and all the Bullets and Lists options are unavailable except Allow Bullets and Lists.


Displays options for columns. See the Columns menu. (Not available for single-line

Find and Replace

Displays the Find and Replace dialog box.

Change Case

Changes the case of selected text. Options are Uppercase, Lowercase, Superscript,
and Subscript.


Converts all new and imported text to uppercase. AutoCAPS does not affect existing
text. To change the case of existing text, select the text and right-click. Click
Change Case.

Character Set

Displays a menu of code pages. Select a code page to apply it to the selected text.
(Not available for single-line text.)

Combine Paragraphs

Combines selected paragraphs into a single paragraph and replaces each paragraph return
with a space. (Not available for single-line text.)

Remove Formatting

Removes character formatting for selected characters, paragraph formatting for a selected
paragraph, or all formatting from a selected paragraph. (Not available for single-line

Background Mask

Displays the Background Mask dialog box. (Not available for table cells and single-line


Creates stacked text, for example, fractions, if the selected text contains stack
characters. Also, unstacks text if stacked text is selected. When the stack characters,
carat (^), forward slash (/), and pound sign (#), are used, the text to the left of
the stack character is stacked on top of the text to the right.

By default, text that contains a carat converts to left-justified tolerance values.
Text that contains the forward slash converts to center-justified fractional numbers;
the slash is converted to a horizontal bar the length of the longer text string. Text
that contains the pound sign converts to a fraction separated by a diagonal bar the
height of the two text strings. The characters above the diagonal fraction bar are
bottom-right aligned; the characters beneath the diagonal bar are top-left aligned.

Editor Settings

Displays a list of options for the text editor. See Editor Settings for more information.

Editor Settings

Provides options for changing the behavior of the text editor and provides additional
editing options. Options are specific to the Editor Settings menu and are not available
elsewhere in the text editor.

NOTE: Some options may not be available depending on what you are editing.

Always Display As WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)

Controls display of the In-Place Text Editor and the text within it. When unchecked,
text that would otherwise be difficult to read (if it is very small, very large, or
is rotated) is displayed at a legible size and is oriented horizontally so that you
can easily read and edit it.

When this option is checked, the MTEXTFIXED system variable will be set to 0. Otherwise,
MTEXTFIXED will be set to 2.

Show Toolbar

Controls display of the Text Formatting toolbar. To restore display of the toolbar,
right-click in the text area of the editor, and click Editor SettingsShow Toolbar. This option is controlled by the MTEXTTOOLBAR system variable

Show Options

Expands the Text Formatting toolbar to show more options.

Show Rulers

Controls the display of the ruler.

Show Background

When selected, displays the background of the editor. (Not available for table cells.)

Check Spelling

Determines whether As-You-Type spell checking is on or off.

Check Spelling Settings

Displays the Check Spelling Settings dialog box, where you can specify text options
that will be checked for spelling errors within your drawing.


Displays the Dictionaries dialog box, where you can change the dictionary that is
checked against any found misspelled words.

Text Highlight Color

Specifies the highlight color when text is selected.

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