Tuesday, January 11, 2005

AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager properties shows '----' when you don't want to

Some users of SSM in AutoCAD 2005 don't want "----" (four hyphens/dashes) to show up on the plotted drawing when a property is empty.

Using a space character as a workaround to not getting "----" doesn't work. It doesn't stay if the drawing is saved, closed and then opened.

Here is a tip for empty fields or blank fields.

What on the other hand stays is entering ALT-0160 (Non-break Space) on the keyboard followed by an enter. To do it hold down the ALT key and type the numbers 0 1 6 0 on the numeric keypad. Now the four dashes will not show up their ugly face.

An alternative that also can work is to enter %% in the property.

Note that this may not work for all type of text font styles. If it does not work change the style to another like Arial.

Update: In AutoCAD 2009 if a space is added nothing will show at all, not even the gray area so that you could see that it is a field there. Nothing. That makes it tricky if the field is in a mtext object and nothing else as you will not see it and might delete it unintentionally.

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