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Chapter 15. Text Annotation > Drawing Paragraphs of Text with MTEXT

Drawing Paragraphs of Text with MTEXT

Whereas the DTEXT command can be used to draw multiple lines of text, each line is drawn as a separate object. Sometimes you will want to draw multiple lines of text as a single unit, such as a paragraph of text. At such times, you can use the MTEXT command, which you issue by choosing Multiline Text from the Draw toolbar or from the Text submenu of the Draw menu.

After you issue the MTEXT command, you are prompted to select the first corner point of a window. This window is used to determine the direction in which the mtext object is drawn. When the window is dragged to the right, the mtext object is drawn to the right; when the window is dragged to the left, the mtext object is drawn to the left. Within the window, the mtext object is drawn with a top left justification. If you want, you can change the justification type to one of eight others: TC (Top Center), TR (Top Right), ML (Middle Left), MC (Middle Center), MR (Middle Right), BL (Bottom Left), BC (Bottom Center), or BR (Bottom Right). These justification types are similar to those available with the DTEXT command (refer to Figure 15.2), except that they apply to the whole mtext object frame and not just a single line of text.


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