Can we set a default precision for dimensions

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I have an application where one decimal point is required, and each time I use the
auto dimension tool I have to go and change the precision from 3 decimal places
to one. I have looked for a place to specify the default number of decimal places
for length for new dimensions and can't find anything. I found the stetting that
changes what is displayed when are entering it, (length readout) but the stored
and printed dimension remains at three places unless I manually change it each time
I use the dimension tool.
This seems to be so basic, that I am very surprised to see that this is not part
of the file, property, units tab. This is taking a significant amount of extra time
when entering a drawing that is a waste of time.
If there was a selection mode where I could pick only dimensions, then I could do
this after the drawing is complete, and apply a change in precision to all lines,
but I don't see a way to do that. What I have to do is go through and shift click
each dimension until I have picked them all and then change the precision. This
is a pain, as if a non-dimension item gets picked, the dimension panel goes away,
and I can't make the change, I have to find the non-dimension item that is selected
and control click it again to de-select it.
Is there any solution?
Thanks
3 REPLIES

Re: Can we set a default precision for dimensions

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Courtenay,
It is in the File Properties/Unit tab. Look for the Length Readout and to the right
is a drop down list box titled Precision. That is where you select the number of
decimal points of precision that you want. See attached image.
Hope this helps.
Ed
"Courtenay Johnson" wrote:
>


>This seems to be so basic, that I am very surprised to see that this is not
>part
>of the file, property, units tab. This is taking a significant amount of extra
>time


>Is there any solution?
>
>Thanks

Re: Can we set a default precision for dimensions

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Courtney,
It sounds like you want to change the roundoff of the dimension display. Is
that correct?
This is controlled by the dimension style. First, determine what style you
are using for dimension placement.
Start a dimension command. The active style will display in the combo box in
the command bar. (ANSI, ISO, etc.)
When you determine what style you are using, click on the View tab at the
top.
Click on the "Styles" command.
This will run the style command.
Set the Style type to Dimension. It may already be set to Dimension.
Click on the style that you determined is the one you use from the step
above.
Click on the Modify button.
This will display the 'Modify Dimension Style' dialog.
Click on the Units tab.
You can set the roundoff for linear and angular dimensions.
This will change the roundoff for any existing dimensions with this style
and any new dimensions you create with this style.
If this works for you, you need to make the same change in your template
Draft file. This way all new files you create will have this roundoff set.
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: Can we set a default precision for dimensions

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Yes, I wanted to change the roundoff of the dimension display. I tried what you suggested,
and it is EXACTLY what I wanted. I have a template drawing and I changed it there,
and so this will take place in all new drawings. I also love the fact that I can
retroactively change the precision on an existing drawing globally, that is perfect.
I am delighted, this is a 100% solution to my concern. I can't thank you enough.

"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Courtney,
>It sounds like you want to change the roundoff of the dimension display. Is
>
>that correct?
>This is controlled by the dimension style. First, determine what style you
>
>are using for dimension placement.
>Start a dimension command. The active style will display in the combo box
>in
>the command bar. (ANSI, ISO, etc.)
>
>When you determine what style you are using, click on the View tab at the
>
>top.
>Click on the "Styles" command.
>This will run the style command.
>Set the Style type to Dimension. It may already be set to Dimension.
>Click on the style that you determined is the one you use from the step
>above.
>Click on the Modify button.
>This will display the 'Modify Dimension Style' dialog.
>Click on the Units tab.
>You can set the roundoff for linear and angular dimensions.
>This will change the roundoff for any existing dimensions with this style
>
>and any new dimensions you create with this style.
>
>If this works for you, you need to make the same change in your template
>Draft file. This way all new files you create will have this roundoff set.
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.
>
>