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Using an alternate text editor

progeCAD includes a built-in text editor for creating paragraph text using the Multiline Text command. You can also specify an alternate text editor for the Multiline Text command.

Before you can use an alternate text editor, you must specify the editor by setting the MTEXTED system variable.

To select an alternate text editor

  1. Type mtexted and then press Enter.
  2. Enter the path and name of the executable file for the text editor you want to use to create or edit multiline text. For example, to use Microsoft® Wordpad, you would type similar to the following (adjusting the path name as necessary):

    C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\Wordpad.EXE

To create paragraph text in an alternate text editor

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Insert > Multiline Text.
    • On the Draw 2D toolbar, click the Multiline Text tool ().
    • Type mtext and then press Enter
  2. Select the first and second corners of the text area.
  3. In the Multiline Text dialog box, click the Text tab.
  4. In the window, type the text you want, using special characters from the table shown below to achieve special formatting. Enter \P to end a paragraph and start a new paragraph on the next line. For example, to use an alignment value of 1 and stack two numbers to display them as a fraction:


  5. When your text is complete, save the changes and exit the text editor.

Special formatting characters

Character Function
\0...\o Toggles overscore mode on and off.
\L...\l Toggles underscore mode on and off.
\~ Inserts a nonbreaking space.
\\ Inserts a backslash.
\{...\} Inserts an opening and closing brace.
\Cvalue; Sets the color to a specified value.
\File name; Sets the font based on a specified font file name.
\Hvalue; Sets the text height to a specified value.
\Hvaluex; Sets the text height to a multiple of the current text height.
\S...^...; Stacks the subsequent text at the /, #, or ^ symbol.
\Tvalue; Adjusts the space between characters, from 0.75 to 4 times.
\Qangle; Changes obliquing angle.
\Wvalue; Changes width factor to produce wide text.
\A Sets the alignment value.
\P Ends paragraph.
\p[i],[l],[tX1,X2,...,X32] Formats paragraph: i = first line indent; l = paragraph offset; t = tab positions.
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