Add Multileaders to a Tool Palette for Real Automation: Tuesday Tips With Seth

automation of multileaders with tool palettes in AutoCAD

In last week’s Tuesday Tips, I discussed how multileaders are controlled by styles and how you can create custom multileaders to automate your notes. Now, let’s turn our attention to obtaining true automation by adding multileaders to a tool palette.

Although the steps I shared in the previous Tuesday Tips are pretty automated, there’s an even faster way to automate the placement of standard notes for your projects. So, once you have all your notes in your drawing, open up the Tool Palettes palette (press CTRL+3 on the keyboard).

Create a new palette: right-click on any tab and choose New Palette.

new palette AutoCAD

That is called STD PROJECT NOTES (or whatever you want to call it!)

tool palettes AutoCAD STD PROJECT NOTES

Now, simply drag your notes onto the palette from the drawing. Note: select the multileader and do not pick the grips of the multileader to drag onto the palette. Simply pick and drag the multileader onto the palette.

multileader and tool palette in AutoCAD

Now, when you drag the multileader onto the palette, it gives it a name of Multileader. To change the name of it to something that makes sense, simply right-click and choose rename from the shortcut menu.

When you click on the note and place it in your drawing, AutoCAD will ask you if you want to overwrite the default text, and you simply click No to automate the placement of your standard note. The great thing about using the palette is that it doesn’t matter if your drawing contains the layer or multileader style needed for your note, it all gets copied into your drawing. Now that’s automation!

More Tuesday Tips

Check out our whole Tuesday Tips series for ideas on how to make AutoCAD work for you. Do you have any favorite AutoCAD tips? Tell us in the comments!

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