Tables are a new AutoCAD object that is can be created and customized by the user. Tables can be used for parts lists, revision history and time you need to organize text.
Annotation > Tables…
|Creates and inserts a new table.|
Start the command and you will see this dialog box.
The labels look pretty straightforward – you can define the number of rows, columns, row height, column width and press OK. Or……you could press on the button circled above to open up the Table Style dialog box.
This allows you to create your own table style – sorry, just had to state the obvious. Give the new style a name and press “Continue”.
Here, you can define the parameters (color, text height, borders, etc.) in your new custom style. This preview is used in the other dialog boxes as well. Make sure you have your Text Styles defined first. Define different styles for the Title, Header and Data. Note that you can access the Text Style Dialog as well from here.
So now that you have defined your table style, you can insert one into the drawing and enter data using the Mtext editor and tabbing through the cells. Anyone who has used a simple spreadsheet will be able to use this. One major drawback is that there is no formula function in the table.
Once the table is in the drawing, you can double-click (above) in any cell to edit it or right click (below) it for more options:
What once used to be a very tedious task in AutoCAD has become easy with this new tool. You also have the ability to copy styles from one table to another to add consistency to your drawing. Practice creating a table or two.
In case you missed it, you can also extract your data from attributes to create a table that is dynamically linked to your drawing’s blocks. This tutorial is in Lesson 2-4.