Take Me to Your Leader

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How to create leaders to indicate
details or callouts in AutoCAD.
A leader object is a
line or a spline with
an arrowhead at one
end and a multiline
text object or block
at the other. (See
below examples)
LEADER
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Creates a line that connects annotation to a feature.
MLEADER
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Creates a multileader object.
QLEADER (LE)
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Creates a leader and leader annotation.
BLOCK
MTEXT
Several default blocks are
available such as circle,
slot, and triangle. The
default block options
contain attributes. You can
also specify your own
block. You are prompted
for values when you create
the multileader.
This is the default
multileader type
and consists of
mtext objects.
NONE
This multileader
object contains a
leader only.
A leader is designed to come into your drawing as one
solid object, similar to a block. This means that while
you can use grips to stretch different sections, it is all
one piece and will move together.
When associative dimensioning is turned on (DIMASSOC
system variable), the leader arrowhead can be
associated with a location on an object using an object
snap. If the object is relocated, the arrowhead remains
attached to the object and the leader line stretches,
but the multiline text remains in place
These commands are found on the Leader panel in the Annotate tab.
Icon
Command
Description
Multileader
Creates a single multileader object.
Add Leader
Adds leader lines to existing multileader objects.
Remove
Leader
Removes leader lines from existing multileader
objects
Align
Multileaders
Aligns multileaders horizontally or vertically in the
drawing.
Collect
Multileaders
Collects multiple multileaders and combines them
into a single multileader object with multiple
content elements.
You can make many leader edits directly using multifunctional grips. You can add and remove leaders, add and
remove vertices, lengthen or move the landing line, or
move the leader text.
■ From the Landing grip, you can choose:
■ Stretch to move the leader landing.
■ Lengthen Landing to extend the Landing line.
■ Add Leader to add one or more leader lines.
■ From a leader endpoint grip, you can choose:
■ Stretch to move the leader endpoint.
■ Add Vertex to add a vertex to the leader line.
■ Remove Leader to delete the selected leader line.
■ From a leader vertex grip, you can choose:
■ Stretch to move the vertex.
■ Add Vertex to add a vertex on the leader line.
■ Remove Vertex to delete the vertex.
Ribbon: Annotate tab > Leaders
panel > Multileader Style
Manager
You use the Multileader Style
Manager to manage and edit
multileader styles. The dialog box
and options work almost identically
to the Dimension Style Manager. You
use this dialog box to create, edit,
delete, and set current multileader
styles.
To create a leader with straight lines
 Click Home tab ➤ Annotation panel ➤ Multileader.
 At the Command prompt, enter o to select options.
 Enter l to specify leaders.
 Enter t to specify the leader type.
 Enter s to specify straight leaders.
 In the drawing, click a start point for the leader
head.
 Click an end point for the leader.
 Enter your MTEXT content.
 On the Text Formatting toolbar, click OK.
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Click Home tab ➤ Annotation panel ➤ Multileader Style.
In the Multileader Style Manager, click New.
In the Create New Multileader Style dialog box, specify a name for the
new multileader style.
In the Modify Multileader Style dialog box, Leader Structure tab, under
Landing Settings, uncheck Automatically Include Landing.
On the Content tab, next to Multileader Type, choose Block content.
Under Block Options, next to Attachment, choose one of the following:
■ Center Extents: Attaches the leader line to the center extent of the
block content
■ Insertion Point: Attaches the leader line to the block content from
any point you specify
Click OK.
In the Multileader Style Manager, click Close.
Do one of the following:
■ Create a multileader object
■ Apply the new multileader style to an existing multileader object
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Click Home tab ➤ Annotation panel ➤ Multileader.
At the Command prompt, enter o to select options.
Enter l to specify leaders.
Enter t to specify the leader type.
Enter p to specify a spline leader.
In the drawing, click a start point for the leader head.
Click the end point for the leader.
Enter your MTEXT content.
In the Text Formatting toolbar, click OK.
Once a multileader style has been defined, you can set it as the current multileader
style to be used when the MLEADER command is invoked.
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Click Home tab ➤ Annotation panel ➤ Multileader Style.
In the Multileader Style Manager, click New.
In the Create New Multileader Style dialog box, specify a name
for the new multileader style.
In the Modify Multileader Style dialog box, Leader Format tab,
select or clear the following options:
■ Type. Determines the type of landing. You can choose a
straight landing, spline landing, or no landing.
■ Color. Determines the color of the landing.
■ Linetype. Determines the linetype of the landing.
■ Lineweight. Determines the lineweight of the landing.
Specify a symbol and size for the multileader arrowhead.
On the Leader Structure tab, select or clear the following
options:
■ Maximum Leader Points. Specifies a maximum number of
points for the multileader landing line.
■ First and Second Segment Angles. Specifies the angle of the
first and second points in the landing.
■ Landing - Keep Horizontal. Attaches a horizontal landing to
the multileader content.
■ Set Landing Distance. Determines the fixed distance for the
multileader landing line.
On the Content tab, specify either text or block content for the
multileader. If the multileader object will contain text content,
then select or clear the following options:
■ Default Text. Sets default text for the multileader content. A
field can be inserted here.
■ Text Style. Specifies a predefined text style for the attribute
text. Currently loaded text styles are displayed.
■ Text Angle. Specifies the rotation angle of the multileader
text.
■ Text Color. Specifies the color of the multileader text.
■ Paper Height. Sets the height of the text as it will display in
paper space.
■ Frame Text. Frames the multileader text content with a text
box.
■ Attachment. Controls the attachment of the landing to the
multileader text.
■ Landing Gap. Specifies the distance between the landing and
the multileader text. If block content is specified, then select or
clear the following options:
■ Source Block. Specifies the block used for multileader
content.
■ Attachment. Specifies the way the block is attached to the
multileader object. You can attach the block by specifying the
extents, the insertion point, or the center point of the block.
■ Color. Specifies the color of the multileader block content.
ByBlock is selected by default.
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Click OK.

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