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February 11, 2017

Wish Known Sooner #01 – Change Attribute properties From the Properties Dialog

Filed under: Electrical — nateholt @ 1:10 pm

Wish I had known this sooner… can use the regular AutoCAD Properties dialog to change pretty much any characteristic of an existing attribute embedded in an inserted block instance.

Example: here’s an inserted block instance representing schematic connections to a CT input of a protection relay. Want to adjust size, layer, color assignment of  the attribute text “SEL-787”.


Hold the CTRL key down. Now pick on the “SEL-787” attribute text. Make all desired changes in this one dialog.


Here we’ve change this attribute’s layer assignment, forced a specific color, and reduced its text height… all in one quick sequence in the AutoCAD PROPERTIES dialog…!




  1. Yeah.. I knew about that, but pretty much prefer the AcadE attribute tools :)

    Comment by Trond Hasse Lie — February 17, 2017 @ 6:56 am

  2. Glad to see you’re “active” again. It’s been a while since the last post..

    Comment by Trond Hasse Lie — February 17, 2017 @ 6:56 am

  3. I agree. I prefer the ACE attribute editing commands. Also, changing in properties isn’t going to change it for any other inserted instances of the symbol…

    Comment by Tisha Lane — March 26, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

  4. Another great tip I missed. I do love the ACE attribute editing commands but this is still handy.

    Comment by controlsgirl — October 16, 2017 @ 11:47 am

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