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Have You Tried… Attribute Values in Blocks

Lee Ambrosius
September 19, 2017

The Have You Tried feature in Help returns this month focused on helping you become more efficient by adding information to blocks with attributes.

Using Attribute Values in Blocks

Attribute values in blocks can be extracted into table objects or exported to CVS files for use in another application. Attributes can be used to store:

  • Part numbers and descriptions of real-world items to create a bill of materials
  • Door, window, and room finishes to generate schedules
  • Project and client information in a title block which can change from layout to layout

AutoCAD: Attribute Values in Blocks

For some great step-by-step examples of how to work with and extract attribute values, see Have You Tried: Attribute Extraction.

Last month, the Have You Tried feature focused on employing the Table feature in your work. Tables can be created and populated from scratch, or data can be linked to a table from an existing Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

If you missed the Have You Tried on the Tables feature, check out Have You Tried: Creating Tables.

Keep the Feedback Coming

Thanks for all the great feedback submitted so far. We improved a number of topics in the AutoCAD Online Help system using your feedback.

The best way to submit feedback is by using the “Was this helpful?” section located at the bottom of every Help topic. Let us know what you like or don’t like about a topic, or provide suggestions for other subjects that you’d like to see covered in more detail. The more specific your comments, the better.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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