Attributed blocks can be friend or foe, especially if you're not sure how to tame them. Let's face it; from time to time they can be a little temperamental. Take for example exploding one of those pesky attributed blocks. Run the EXPLODE command on an attributed block and you're not going to be given nice pieces of text. The result will instead be text strings the name of the attribute tags.
So the question remains, just how does one "explode" an attribute block and keep the values you have inputted. Hidden in the AutoCAD "Express" menu there is an "Explode Attribute Text" or BURST command. This command will allow you to explode an attributed block, and keep whatever value you have inputted into it.