Display the Area of an Enclosed Figure
October 16, 2006
Suppose that you would like to insert a label that displays
the area of an enclosed figure. While the AREA command can
show you the area, it doesn't create a label in your
drawing. If you insert the area at the end of a leader, that
area doesn't change if your object changes in size.
You can use fields (introduced in AutoCAD 2006) to display
information about objects. In this tutorial, you create a leader
that displays the area of a tub. You can do this in model space
or paper space.
- Set up a text style for your leader text and a dimension
style for the leader.
- Start the QLEADER command (Dimension > Leader).
- Specify first leader point.
- Specify the next point and press Enter to stop
- At the Specify text width <0">: prompt, specify the
endpoint of the text, leaving enough room for the expected
- At the Enter first line of annotation text <Mtext>:
prompt, press Enter to open the Multiline Text Editor, as
- Type Area: and a space.
- Right-click in the text area and choose Insert Field.
- In the Field dialog box, choose Objects from the Field
Category drop-down list. This makes the field you want
easier to find.
- Choose Object in the Field Names box.
- In the Object Type area, click the Select Objects
- You return to your drawing, where you should select the
object. The Field dialog box comes back and it should look
like the one you see here.
Note: If your enclosed area isn't one object, you may be able
to use the BOUNDARY command to create a polyline. That's what I
did with the tub.
- Choose the property you want to display. I chose Area.
- Choose a format; I chose Architectural.
- Click OK.
- If necessary, adjust the width of the text by dragging
on the edge of the Multiline Text Editor's ruler.
- Click outside the editor to close it. Here you see the
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