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Add text in drawings

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Add text in drawings

Add text in drawings

You can add several lines of text in a drawing, and use word wrapping if you like. You can select the desired color, height, font, angle, frame type, and leader lineline that connects an annotation object to the related object or point

arrow type, and align the text as required.

  1. Open a drawing
  2. On the Annotations tab, hold down Shift , click Text and select one of the following commands to create a single line or multiple lines of text:
    • Text : Add text without a leader line at the position you pick.

    • With leader line : Add text with a leader line at the position you pick.

    • Along line : Add text along a line at the position you pick.

    • Along line, arrow at end : Add text along a line at the position you pick. An arrow is inserted at the second position you pick.

    • Along line, arrow at start : Add text along a line at the position you pick. An arrow is inserted at the first position you pick.

  3. Enter the text in the Text box.

    You can add a line break by pressing Enter.

  4. Modify the text color, height, font, angle and alignment as required.
  5. In Background mask , select one of the following:

    Opaque hides the area in the drawing that is covered by the text:

    Transparent shows the area in the drawing that is covered by the text so that the linework is shown:

  6. To wrap the word, set Word wrapping to On. You can define the line length using the Ruler width option.

    When the word wrapping is activated, the text object gets a handle, which you can drag to make the text wider or narrower.

  7. Select a frame type, leader line and color.
  8. Select the leader line arrow type and size.
  9. To exactly place the text in the position you pick, and keep it there, click the Place... button and select fixed in the Placing list.
  10. Click OK or Apply.
  11. Pick the point where you want to place the text. Depending on the command, you have to pick one to three times.

    By default, text is aligned to the left. The line spacing is automatically adjusted by the font size you select.

    You can continue picking to add the same line of text in another location. You can also drag the base pointpoint in a model that is used to define a starting point in surveying and that is used as an anchor point in coordinate and height transformations

    A Tekla Structures project can have several base points but only one of them can be the project base point.

    Base points allow the use of another coordinate system needed for interoperability and collaboration. Base points can also be used in drawings, and in reports and templates. Model origin is the default base point in Tekla Structures.

    Base points are also called control points.

    of the text leader line freely after adding the text.

See below for examples of the different text options. From left: Text ; With leader line ; Along line ; Along line, arrow at end ; and Along line, arrow at start.

The text object gets a handle when word wrapping is activated, and you can drag the handle to change the text object size:

In the following example, the text is aligned to the leader line start:


In addition to using the text tool, you can add texts as links from .txt or .rtf files. This allows you to use more sophisticated formatting of the text, and add tables, for example. For more information, see Add links to rich text files in drawings.

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