Introduction to Leader in AutoCAD
AutoCAD is 2d and 3d computer-aided designing software which was developed by Autodesk as its computer-aided engineering designing software. We have different types of commands and features in this software for making our work easy. In this article, we will discuss one of the 2d commands which are leader command. You can understand a leader as a command through which you can indicate a particular object with its name and dimensions or with any other mark by using arrows and lines of leader command. Here in this article, we will discuss all important features of this command and also analyze its important parameters for our better understanding of leader command. So let us start our discussion about this topic.
How to Use Leader Command in AutoCAD?
We can use this command in auto cad in few simple steps and get benefit from it in our drawing work but before starting our learning let us have a look at the working screen of this software so that there will be no problem occur during our learning about this topic throughout this article.
Step 1: At the top of the working screen there is a ribbon which has the number of tabs for handling different commands of this software such as Home tab, Annotate tab, View tab, Insert tab and some other important tabs are there, below this, we have a working window in which we can see our current drawing work, this working window also has a navigation cube for changing view of our drawing such as you can change your view in front view, top view, right view or in some isometric views, below this working window we have some navigation tab with workspace switcher option which helps us in our drawing work.
Step 2: Now let us make 2d shapes by using the rectangle and circle command of the Draw menu of the Home tab of this software for using the leader command on them. I will show you the leader command on the circle you can apply it on the rectangle also for indicating its specification. Now press LEA buttons from the keyboard then press the enter button of the keyboard for the leader command of this software.
Step 3: Now once you make enter the leader command will active. Now it will ask you to give the first point that means give the point of that shape which you want to indicate with this leader command. I will click on the quadrant point of this circle. You can click anywhere inside this circle or at the circumference of this circle for indicating any specific data of them.
Step 4: Now it will ask you to specify the second point of leader that means choose that point where you want to type your specification about your selected object or selected point of an object. You can make click again and again for the bending line of a leader according to your requirement.
Step 5: Now when you specify a point where you want to write a specification of a selected object go to the parameters box of this command which is at the bottom of the working screen and click on the annotation option of this command for writing some specification of the selected object or you can use shortcut key for annotation option of this command. For the annotation option press, the A button on the keyboard then presses the enter button of a keyboard for the next step of this option.
Step 6: Type your desired text or data for your selected object. For example, I will type Circle for naming it and make enter from the keyboard for the next step.
Step 7: Then it will again ask you what you want to type in the next line so I will give the radius of this circle in the next line by typing R6 as radius value then press enter button of the keyboard. You can type any other specification of your selected object in this step. You can type text again and again in a new line by pressing the enter button of the keyboard after typing your desired text.
Step 8: Now I will give the diameter of this circle in the next line by typing D12 as diameter value then press enter button of the keyboard.
Step 9: Once you have typed all require specifications of your selected object according to your drawing requirement then press enter key two times and it will mention your given data as a leader like this.
Step 10: Now let us understand the next option of this command. Again take leader by pressing the shortcut key of this command then give the first point by click at your desired point and go to the parameter box of this command then click on the Format option of this command or you can use the shortcut key for the format option press F button of the keyboard then press enter button of the keyboard for seeing next steps of this option.
Step 11: Once you make click on the Format option different sub-option of the format will open in a list like this. Now click on the Spline option of this list by click on it.
Step 12: Now the straight line of leader will convert into spline format and you can use it as a leader line for specifying any object in your drawing. Now it will ask you to specify the next point so choose your desired point in your drawing area by click on a point.
Step 13: Now click on annotation for type data or text and type your desired text in the number of the line according to your requirement.
Step 14: Then make double enter for applying your given data as we did in previous steps of leader command.
Step 15: You can choose other sub-options of this Format option of leader command and make different types of leaders with it.
In this way, you can use the leader command in auto cad for specifying different objects with the different specifications in your drawing.
Conclusion – Leader in AutoCAD
Now after this article you can understand what leader command is in auto cad and you can handle its important features and parameters for getting the best result from it in your drawing work. You can increase your drawing skill by doing practice on this type of command of this software which must be helpful in your drawing work.
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