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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

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This month…

October - One-derful!!!

It's a God-thing.

I had no idea that 14 years ago I would be given the opportunity to make an impact on the professional lives of so many. Only God knew what was ahead, and hopefully, the contributions I have made through Michael's Corner have equipped many of you to be more productive and a bit more savvy using AutoCAD. And apart from all the AutoCAD bashing that is going on, I'm sure it has a long life ahead.

So, in an effort to keep the AutoCAD fires burning, here's what I have for my final installment…

…A reminder on how to customize your hot keys
…Three Power Tools — one for Zoom, one for editing, and one for Layers
…Two Odd Spots — one for Layers and one for Hatching
…Buried text treasure
…And how to Search 14 years of the Archives

As for what's ahead for me, I will continue to present a variety of AutoCAD sessions — Fundamentals, Intermediate, Customizing, Updates, and 2D & 3D. I will also keep training CAP Designer, 20-20 Worksheet, Visual Impression (those three from 20-20 Technologies, Inc.), and some Revit Fundamentals. Next year I'm looking forward to being very involved in training CET (from Configura, Inc.) when Herman Miller joins the growing number of manufacturers embracing this software that is being touted as the ‘Future of Space Planning’. Personally, I'm looking forward to spending a bit more time with Donna, my lovely bride of 30 years. When this posts, we'll probably be within days of going on our 30th Anniversary vacation to the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson; Ee-Hah! We had such a good time when we went for our 20th, we figured we'd do it again!

Ah, and I'm hoping to have The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition out before snow flies.

And with that, Mike drop! …so to speak.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

This month's articles

Change F1 to ESC
Smoother Zoom
Stretch with Extension
Lock Layers with a Crossing Window
Layer Columns & Hatch Background Color
Text Frame on Mtext

From the Vault

Originally published March 2003

Quick Select

Quickly select to change all the text of a particular style

When you work with drawings from others, sometimes you need to make global changes. One of those needs may be to change the style or height of existing text. You can do this quickly and easily with the Qtext routine from the Properties window. Before you begin, make sure you have a text style to send the selected text to before you begin.

  1. Zoom into an area with the text to be changed and select one text object (Dtext or Mtext).
Select Text

Note: This procedure has a unique anomaly, therefore it is important to first select one piece of text for which you will be making the change.

  1. Open the Properties window (Ctrl+1). Notice the name of the Style of the text selected.
  2. Click on the Quick Select funnel to open the Quick Select dialog.
  3. Make the following settings in the Quick Select dialog:
Quick Select settings
Apply to Entire drawing
Object type Text
Properties Style
Operator = Equals
Value The name of the existing style for the selected text

Quick Select Dialogue Box

  1. After New StyleNow choose the desired text style from the list for the selected text objects.

Other uses for Quick Select

  • Select objects on an existing layer to change them to another.
  • Select blocks to delete.
  • Select dimensions in style A and change them to style B.

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