image image thumb Many veteran users already know this tip, as it has been around for a while now. Still, for the uninitiated figuring out how to get text both above and below a dimension line (without breaking the line) can quickly resemble one of those puzzles where you have to get a metal ring off an interwoven mess of bent metal. As you fumble with the metal ring, usually getting it more tangled than when you started, you think to yourself; I know there’s a simple solution, but I just can’t seem to figure it out.

So that everyone understands what I’m talking about here’s a pretty standard dimension line with the text positioned above the dimension line.

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Let’s say I wanted to make this a typical dimension, but since the dimension is above the dimension line, I wanted my “TYP” text to display below the dimension line. Using the DDEDIT command, you can graphically select the dimension line, and press Enter to start another line of text. The result is something like the image below, where both dimension and TYP text display above the line.

Dimension with two lines of text above dimension line. image thumb2The secret solution to this little puzzle is to enter \X instead of pressing the Enter button. Note the use of a capital X as a lowercase x will not work. After using this little code, your dimension line will look as you always intended it to; with the dimension above the line, and the TYP text below.

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Alternatively, this code also works if you would rather use the Properties or Quick Properties palette. Just insert the \X code where you would like the break to occur.

Quick properties palette image thumb4It’s also worth mentioning the \P code. It works in the same way as the \X code; however it will place both pieces of text above the dimension line. This is almost the same as launching the DDEDIT command, and pressing Enter. The only real difference is you can enter the \P code into the Text Override field in the Properties or Quick Properties palette.