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New ‘ You can also double-click any text object to start the DDEDIT command. This fea-^Feature    ture was introduced in Release 2000i.

Figure 13-7: The Edit Text dialog box

The advantage of this method is that DDEDIT continues to prompt you for additional annotation objects to edit, making it efficient for editing several lines of text at once. Press Enter to end the command.

You can also change text using the Properties window. Select any text object and click Properties on the Standard toolbar to open the Properties window, as shown in Figure 13-8. Here you can edit not only the text content but also every other conceivable property, including layer, linetype, lineweight, color, insertion point, justification, rotation angle, and several other properties that I cover in the next section on text styles. You can only edit the contents of one text object at a time this way.

Figure 13-8: The Properties window lets you edit all text properties, including text content, in one place.

Scaling text

You can now change the scale of selected text (either one text object or several at once) without moving the text insertion point.


New ‘ The new SCALETEXT command scales text without moving the text insertion point.

Feature All the text objects stay in their original location.

To use SCALETEXT, follow these steps:

1.    Choose Modify О Object О Text О Scale.

2.    Select the text objects to scale.

3.    At the Enter a base point option for scaling [Existing/Left/ Center/Middle/Right/TL/TC/TR/ML/MC/MR/BL/BC/BR] <Existing>: prompt, press Enter to use the existing insertion point of the selected text or choose a new base point. (Your last choice for this prompt becomes the new default, so if you used another option, type e J.) These options are the same as the Justify options described earlier in this chapter.

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