Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to create an AutoCAD dimension subscript, superscript, or stacked dimension

The secret to getting a subscript or superscript in an AutoCAD dimension is to put a stacked fraction in the dimension text override and then set the numerator or denominator blank as required.  The way to get a stacked dimension into a dimension override text is to 1) use the DDEDIT or TEDIT command (Select annotation object:), then select the dimension text, 2) type into the text a sub or superscript with a caret like ^2 or 3^ (the caret is like a hidden fraction line), 3) highlight the caret and character(s), right-click, and choose Stack, 4) highlight the stacked fraction, right-click, and select Stack properties to edit if needed.  Voila!  A subscript or superscript inside a dimension.

4 comments:

Andy AndyA said...

Hi Tom!
Thanks for the help. However, I need something a bit different than this. I'm trying to add fractions the have both subscripts and superscripts in the numerator and denominator. How do I do that?
I have tried H^2O/mc2^ but it does not work.
In Peace,
Andy Austin

Andy AndyA said...

Hi Tom!
I'm trying to create a fraction that has both subscripts and superscripts. I have tried the following: H^2O/mc2^ which does not seem to work in 2014 version. What else should I do?
In Peace,
Andy Austin

Thomas Gail Haws said...

Andy, you are wanting nested stacking. AutoCAD stacked fractions just can't do that. You are going to have to use other ways of rendering it. I suggest rendering your H20 and mcsquared using stacked fractions, and rendering your fraction using two lines of mtext if possible.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tom, thanks for sharing your ideas here, I have tried the method as you have instructed to make subscript in dimension text but did not work, the subscript automatically bounce back to align with the bottom of other regular texts once you exit the text edit box. any idea how you can fix that? Thanks.