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Multileaders – Have It Your Way: Tuesday Tips With Frank

Frank Mayfield
October 9, 2018

What’s not to like about Multileaders? They’re easy to use and to edit. You can add or remove leaders in a couple of clicks. You can even group them or align them if they get out of whack.

In just a couple of sentences, I’ve already described their versatility, but they have the potential to be even more flexible, as you have the ability to make them look exactly like you want. Let’s have some fun and see what we can create.

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The Multileader Style dialog has a lot of options. Below, I’ve changed the Leader Format to Spline, which seems to be more fun than Straight. But let’s focus on the Arrowhead Symbol. Expand the list and you have a lot of symbols to choose from. Check out the last option… you can insert any existing block in your drawing file to use as the arrowhead! I have a neat pointing hand already defined, so let’s use it.

AutoCAD Multileader Blocks

Switching our focus to the other end of the Multileader, we move to the content tab of the dialog. If you change the Multileader type from Mtext to Block, the tab will change from the Mtext options to Block options. Here, again, you can choose some pre-defined blocks or choose your own. We were after something fun, so I’ll select a stop sign block that was in my drawing.

AutoCAD Multileader Modify

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So, there you have it. Your own custom Multileader with user defined blocks on each end. I tried to demonstrate this by creating a style that’s more comical than useful, but you may very well have an application where your need to use your own content for either end.

If you need a Multileader that’s different than what’s offered from the standard menu, don’t worry. Like the old burger commercial said… have it your way, with Multileaders (hold the pickles).

Custom Multileader

More Tuesday Tips

Check out our whole Tuesday Tips series for ideas on how to make AutoCAD work for you. Do you have any favorite AutoCAD tips? Tell us in the comments!

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Frank Mayfield

Frank has worked in various design and CAD Management roles with AutoCAD and Autodesk software since 1986 (v2.62). He is currently an Applications Engineer at ECAD in Tulsa, OK where he provides customer support and training for various Autodesk products. He currently serves on the AUGI Board of Directors and is a member of numerous Autodesk user panels. As a top-rated mentor for trial users of AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018, he has provided live, real-time guidance and support for over 2,500 new users in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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