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Chapter 18. Advanced Dimensioning > Defining Dimension Styles

Defining Dimension Styles

Dimension styles are your primary methods for controlling how a dimension appears. By creating a dimension style, you define exactly how that dimension is going to appear in the drawing. This includes the dimension scale, the types of arrowheads, whether or not the dimension lines appear and, if so, what color the dimension lines are.

AutoCAD allows you to control dimension styles through the use of Dimension Variables (DIMVARS). You can control these variables in two different ways. You can use the DDIM Dimension Style dialog box to access many of the variables using a graphical interface, or you can type the variable at the command prompt or DIM: prompt and assign it a new value. There are 68 dimension variables in AutoCAD 2000. Most of the time, adjusting the dimension variables through the Dimension Styles dialog box is the best method to use (see Figure 18.1). You can access this dialog box by choosing Dimension Styles from the Dimension toolbar or by choosing Dimension Style Manager from the Dimension menu.


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