Creating a text style

Creating a text style

Creating a Text Style

MouseOK    Ribbon: Annotate - Text >  

MouseOK    Menu: Format –  Text Style …

MouseOK    Toolbar: Styles –

MouseOK    Toolbar: Text –

KeyboardOK Command line: ST, STYLE, TEXTPROPSCMD

The text style is a convenient tool that creates text objects using different fonts, font size, oblique angle, orientation, and other text characteristics.

You can create and use several text styles in one drawing. Each text object in the drawing is created using the current text style. If you want to create text using a different text style, you can make another text style current.

Except for the default Standard text style, you must create any text style that you want to use.

You can modify an existing text style in the Text Style dialog box by changing the settings.

A text style name can be up to 255 characters long. It can contain letters, numbers, and the special characters: dollar sign ($), hyphen (-), and underscore (_).

By default, the text styles are automatically named Style1, Style2, Style3, etc.

Created text styles are saved with the drawing file.

You can remove unused text styles from your drawing by deleting them from the Text Style dialog box or with the Purge command (the File menu – Drawing Utilities).

NOTE: The Standard text style cannot be removed.


NOTE! Changing the Upside Down and Backwards options has no effect on multiline text objects.

The Text Style dialog box allows you to set the current text style, create new text styles, and change the parameters of the existing text styles (imported as a *.dwg or *.dwt files):



 Add new style

Creates a new text style.

 Delete style

Deletes unused text style.

 Set current

Sets the selected style as current.


Name of text style.

Font name

Drop-down list to select the font


Drop-down list to select the text style.

The list is empty for shx-fonts.

For TTF-fonts the following types are available:

·         Italic

·         Normal

·         Bold

·         Bold Italic


Height of the text.

Width factor

Sets the character spacing.

Entering a value less than 1.0 condenses the text.

Entering a value greater than 1.0 expands it.

Oblique angle

Sets the oblique angle of the text.

 Upside down

Turn on/off the mode to display the characters upside down.


Turn on/off the mode to display the characters backwards.


Turn on/off the mode to display the characters aligned vertically. Vertical is only available if the selected font supports dual orientation.

note: The vector fonts (*.SHX) are marked with S in the Font name list, TrueType-fonts with T.

To create a text style:


1.    Select the text style, which the new text style should be based on (the Add new style  icon is available).

2.    Click the Add new style  icon. The new style with Style1 name will be created.

3.    To rename the created style, double click on the text style name, type the new name and press ENTER.

4.    From the drop-down list select the font.

5.    Specify the required text options (height, extra, oblique angle, etc.).

6.    To set the created text style as the current one, double click in the left field next to the text style. The flag  in this box indicates that the style is set as the current one.

7.    Click Close to close the dialog box.

Some commands are also available in the context menu by right clicking in the field of the text styles list:


To delete a text style:


1.    Select the text style you want to delete (the Delete style  icon is available).

2.    Click the Delete style  icon or select Delete Style from the context menu (the selected style must not be the current one).

3.    Click Close to close the dialog box.

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