Monday, November 5, 2007

Add personal mtext symbols or text snippets in AutoCAD

If you right click in the mtext editor or click on the symbol icon a list of predefined symbols is showed. It is possible to add your own symbols or text snippets to that list.

I can confirm that it still works with AutoCAD 2008. For some reason it didn't work in AutoCAD 2007 and I'm not sure if it works in AutoCAD 2006.

To have this work you need to use the AutoLISP code found at

Below is a cheat sheet showing what the symbols look like. (For a future version of AutoCAD it would be great to also see the symbols instead of the cryptic text codes)

The symbols are Degrees,Plus/Minus,Diameter,Almost Equal,Angle,Boundary Line,Center Line,Delta,Electric Phase,Flow Line,Identity,Initial Length,Monument Line,Not Equal,Ohm,Omega,Property Line,Subscript 2,Squared and Cubed.

1 comment:

  1. Restored comment
    by Barry
    That's funny I used those reg. hacks in 2004 also, then when we upgraded to 2006 I was disappointed that they didn't work anymore. I didn't think to try them again in 2008. However we still used a lot of custom symbols & it was getting difficult to remember them all. So I created my own symbols dialog. You can check it out here. I like it better since it shows the graphical symbol rather then the UNICODE address in the pull-down:


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