AutoCAD 2002 Bible

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5.    Pick a point in front of the desk (turn off OSNAP if necessary). AutoCAD inserts the armchair and opens the Enter Attributes dialog box, as shown in Figure 18-21. The values that were entered when the attributes were defined are displayed, but you can change them.

Figure 18-21: The Enter Attributes dialog box


6.    The default values exist because most of the furniture was purchased at one time when the office was opened. However, let’s assume that this chair was purchased a year later. Change the purchase date to 3/92. Click OK. Because the attributes are invisible, you see only the chair, but the values are there in the drawing database.


7.    Save the drawing.

Editing attributes


As mentioned previously, you can edit the properties of the attribute tags before you create the block, using the Properties window or DDEDIT (choose Modify О Object О Text О Edit). Once you have created the block, use the new Block Attribute Manager.


‘ The Block Attribute Manager is new for Release 2002 and manages all the values and properties of block attributes in one place. Use the Block Attribute Manager and its Edit Attribute dialog box to edit any aspect of block attributes.

Editing attribute properties


Once you have inserted a block and given values to its attributes, you can modify the following:


   Attribute prompt order


   Tag and prompt names


   Attribute visibility


   Text options


   Properties, that is, layer, linetypes, color, lineweight, and plot style


Once you have made your changes, you can update all the blocks in your drawing to reflect the changes.

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