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      DTEXT allows you type just as you do on a typewriter with ENTER acting as the return key.  Lines are "justified" to the left.  You can type with upper and lower case letters.  If you have completed text in one place on the drawing and you want to make more text in another place, you can move the CROSS-HAIRS to the new position and click SELECT.  You will see the text “I-bar”" move to the new location and you can begin to type again.  When you have completed all the text that you want to type ENTER 2 times to end the command.  Remember that to repeat the command all you need to do is TYPE ENTER again or click the ENTER button.


    If you make a mistake you can backspace to the mistake, change it, and then type onward.  You can only do this as long as you have not ended the DTEXT command.  Otherwise you can correct mistakes with ERASE or UNDO.

7.3.1.  If you type a lot of lines without ending the DTEXT command with a double ENTER, when you Undo the command, all your lines will disappear.

7.3.2.   CPM deals with a line of TEXT as though it is one entity.  Using ENTER or SELECTing a new position to start TYPEing establishes the text that follows as a new entity, separate from the text proceeding it.

7.3.2.  If you want to just ERASE a segment of all the lines that you have typed, use a WINDOW to SELECT that area or point to each line with the cursor PICK BOX.


    You may discover that the easiest way to align text with a specific pattern line or marking is to use the ROTATE command.  (DTEXT does have an ALIGN sub-command, but it functions by also adjusting the size of the type to fit between to points of your choosing.  As a result, it is very difficult to get all the text to be the same size on one pattern piece.  This can lead to visual confusion.)

7.4.1.  Begin by establishing the text start point accurately.  TYPE normally.  (You might choose to type at specific angle, such as 270",  so the type bottom faces in the correct direction.)

7.4.2.  Once you have finished typing the text, SELECT ROTATE under the MODIFY pop-down menu.  The computer will say: