Text Codes in DraftSight

Hidden away in DraftSight are some quick and easy Text Codes that I use on a regular basis.  What are they? How do I use them? What do they do? Well let me explain!

So, what are they? They are quick text entries used to get certain Symbols or Text Styling on a Drawing. I’ll list them below

  • %%O Turns Overlining On and Off.
  • %%U Turns Underling On and Off.
  • %%P Inserts a Plus/Minus Symbol (±).
  • %%D Inserts a Degrees Symbol (°).
  • %%C Inserts a Diameter Symbol.

So, when entering Text using the SimpleNote command, if I enter %%U Underlining Example, my screen will display Underlining Example. You can see some other examples in the image below.

There are other means of entering symbols in DraftSight and in a future blog, I’ll talk about Unicode Characters, what they are and how you use them in DraftSight.

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MJ Smyth
The first time I used CAD, it was on a DOS PC with an 8088 processor, 640K of memory and a Hercules Mono Graphics Card... That, well that was a long long time ago. I switched to DraftSight the day it was released and haven't looked back!