Finally, there is the Dimension > Leader option, which allows you to add a note with an arrow pointing to the object the note describes.
- Click the Leader tool on the Dimension toolbar, or enter Le or select Dimension > Leader from the pull-down menu.
- At the Specify first leader point, or [Settings]<Settings>: prompt, pick a point near the top-left edge of the hexagon at coordinate 16,24 (45,59 for metric users).
- At the Specify next point: prompt, enter @6<110-1. Metric users should enter @15<110 .
- At the Specify next point: prompt, you can continue to pick points just as you would draw lines. For this exercise, however, press button to finish drawing leader lines. .
- At the Enter first line of annotation text <Mtext>: prompt type
Window frame as the label for this leader. Your drawing will lookl like Figure 9.18.
Exploring the Leader Options
The Leader tool is a deceptively simple tool with numerous options. In step 2 of the previous exercise, you can enter S button to open the Leader Settings dialog box.
From here, you can have the Leader tool perform any number of functions, depending on the type of leader you want. The following subsection lists the option; and their functions.
The options in the Annotation tab let you control the type of annotation that is attached to the leader. AutoCAD uses the Mtext option by default, which places a multiline text object at the end of the leader. Here are the other options organized by button groups. .
Annotation Type Button Group
Copy an Object Prompts you to select text, tolerance, or blocks to be copied to the endpoint of the leader.
Tolerance Opens the Tolerance dialog box when you’ve finished drawing the leader lines. See Adding Tolerance Notation later in this chapter.
Block Reference Lets you insert a block at the end of the leader.
None Ends the leader without adding a note.
Mtext Options Button Group
Prompt for Width Asks you to select a width for multiline text.
Always Left Justify Left justifies multiline text.
Frame Text Draws a frame around the text.
Annotation Reuse Button Group
None Always prompts you for annotation.
Reuse Next. Reuses the annotation you enter for the next leader.
Reuse Current Reuses the current annotation text.
Leader Line & Arrow Tab
The options in the. Leader Line & Arrow tab give you control over the leader line and arrow. You can select an arrow that is different from the default, or you can constrain the lines to follow a specific angle.
Leader Line Lets you select from either a straight line or spline for your lines. (see Figure 9.19).
Number of Points Lets you constrain the number of points you select before the command prompts you for the annotation.
Arrowhead Lets you select an arrowhead from a list similar to the one in the Dimension Style dialog box.
Angle Constraints Lets you constrain the angle at which the leader line extends from the arrow and the second point.
The options in the Attachment tab let you control how the leader connects to Mtext annotation, depending on which side of the leader the annotation appears. The location of the leader endpoint in relation to the note is frequently a focus of drafting standards. These options let you customize your leader to produce results that conform to the standards you work with.