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Edit Block Attribute Properties with BATTMAN

By Ellen Finkelstein, June 30, 2014

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Reprinted here with permission

After you create a block with attributes and give the attributes specific values, you can edit block attribute properties with the Block Attribute Manager - the BATTMAN command. I explain how to create attributes (and why) in "Tutorial: Create attributes." The attributes that you can edit are:

Note: To edit the value of an attribute (as opposed to its properties), see my tip, "Editing the value of a block attribute."

To start BATTMAN, choose Home tab, Block panel (expanded), Attribute, Block Attribution Manager. This opens the Block Attribute Manager dialog box, as you see here.

The column names you see here are Tag, Prompt, Default, and Modes. You can stretch the dialog box by dragging on its right side to make it wider. You can also click the Settings button to change which columns you see.

From the Block drop-down list at the top, choose the block that you want or click the Select Block button. Here’s how to use the BATTMAN dialog box:

When you make changes, existing blocks are immediately updated.

When you’re done, click OK to close the BATTMAN dialog box.

Tested in AutoCAD 2015.

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Ellen Finkelstein Ellen Finkelstein is a recognized expert, speaker, trainer, and best-selling author on AutoCAD, PowerPoint and presentation skills. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs. She is the author of the AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible. More…

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