Multileaders – Have It Your Way: Tuesday Tips With Frank

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By Frank Mayfield

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.

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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

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    clindner

    Cool MLeader style! If only MLeaders were truly "have it your way". Let's see: -> can't restore an MLeader back to it's "ByStyle" properties (similar to -DIMSTYLE for dimensions). Changes to an individual MLeader aren't even recognized as a "style override". There's no "Remove Style Overrides" option (as with Dimensions and MText). MLeaders break pretty much every previously established style-based rule AutoCAD has. -> can't use annotative blocks in an annotative MLeader style. -> can't rotate MLeaders and keep the text "read-right". Nor can you even re-orient the text of a rotated MLeader. TORIENT doesn't even recognize MLeaders as a valid text object. Shall I continue? Sorry. I actually do like MLeaders. I just wish Autodesk would've implemented them consistently and finish what they started. #autodeskorphans

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