You can use the Draw | Shape | Text command to create text in a document. The typeface, size, style, alignment, and color can be set for text blocks.


To create text:

1.    Click the Draw | Shape | Text command. The cursor changes to .

2.    Click where you want text to appear in the document.

3.    Enter text into the Text Editor.

4.    Set the text properties in the Text Editor.

5.    Click the OK button to return to the map window.

6.    Press the ESC key or click the Draw | Shape | Text command or another tool button to end draw mode.


Drawing Tips


Editing Text Properties

The text can be edited in the Text Editor. To edit existing text content, double-click on the text object in the Object Manager or click the button in the Property Manager to open the Text Editor, or you can edit text content in the Property Manager:

  1. Click on the text object in the plot window or the Object Manager to select it.

  2. In the Property Manager, the text and font properties can be edited.

  3. To change the font properties, click on the next to Font Properties. Set any font properties for all of the text in the text block.

  4. To change the text, click on the next to Text Properties. Click in the box next to Text to edit the text. For a single line of text, highlight the characters and type the desired text. Math text instructions can be added directly to the Text line in the Property Manager.

  5. To include multiple lines of text or to edit individual characters in the text block, click the button. Edit the text in the Text Editor.

  6. When all changes have been made in the Text Editor, click OK to view the changes in the plot window.


Text Properties

The Font, Size, Color, Opacity, and Style can be set for text blocks in the Text Editor dialog when typing text. These options can be set in the Property Manager in the Font Properties section after the text is drawn.


Default Properties

Set the default font properties with the  File | Options command. In the Default Properties section, click on Font to set the default font and text properties.



See Also

Drawing Text Along a Curve

Math Text Instruction

Text Properties

Selecting objects

Property Manager

Draw Tab Commands