I know in 2013 we were speaking of ways to wrap text in the description portion of the borders. I really do not remember what the fix or dare I say "work around" was. Curious to know if 2014 has any solutions?
Do you mean wrapping text in a note in a drawing? If yes, then just double-click on the note and drag the sides of the box to fit the desired space. If the note gets longer than this it should automatically go to the next line. If that's not what you mean, then please explain further.
No Glenn. I mean in the "description" box above the drawing number in the border of the drawing. That in my world is usually populated by the description in the properties of the model. When I put whatever I need in my properties, I only get a portion of what I type and it will not wrap around or give me two lines of text.
Can you make a simple drawing with a drawing view of a part, and with the note showing this behavior, and then post the drawing and part file? I'm about to leave for the day, but I'm sure someone else will be happy to take a look at it. If not, I'll do it first thing tomorrow.
Sid - If you mean the box that displays your part's custom properties (drawing number, description, etc), then try this:-
1: RMB on a blank portion of your drawing & "Edit Sheet Format"
2: Drag the note box around as Glenn says above.
I am sorry guys. But I still do not see how to resize this box where my properties show up so that the text will wrap.
It is not a note I am trying to create. It is the information that comes in from the properties of the model and populates the description in the border.
Sid, you said it's not a note, but if it populates the description in the border it sounds to me like a note that's in your sheet format. Right-clicking on a blank portion of the sheet (or the sheet tab) and choosing "Edit Sheet Format", as Ian suggested, and then double-clicking on the note and dragging the box should work. If you can't get it to work, can you attach the drawing and part?
Sid, let's see a screen shot of this description that won't wrap.
I think there's a terminology gap that's keeping us from precisely understanding your circumstances.
Hey guys. Sorry its taken me a couple days to help you guys help me.
Ok, what I did was RMB on an open section of the sheet and select "edit sheet format". Then I double click on the text in the border for the desciption. This is the text that is referenced back to my model and is the description in the properties of the model. Low and behold the text I double clicked on does become a note with a box around it like you guys said. I was not double clicking on the text. So when I do double click, the box for the note shows up WITH the handles for me to resize the box like you all said to give me my text wrap. Only thing is, when I grab any of the handles, the box does not let me resize it in any direction. When I grab a handle, the box goes away and then the text becomes uneditable. I double click again. The box and handles reapppear. I grab a handle and thry to move the box and then the handles and box disappear again.
What am I missing this time guys? I think I am really close this time.
Just thought of something with regards to me NOT being able to resize the box in my border. I get the box and handles, but no edit. Is it possible that because our borders are templates that are read only that that is the reason I do not get box editing privelages?
It should work with the procedure you described. When you mentioned the handles, I assume you mean the small red box at each corner of the text box, and at the centerline of each side, top, and bottom. When you hover over one of these boxes your cursor should turn into a small black double-sided arrow which points in the direction of possible travel. For example, if you hover on the box at the center of the bottom edge of the box, the black double-arrow will be vertical. If you click and drag then you should be able to size the box.
If that still doesn't work, please attach your drawing for someone to check.
I get EXACTLY what you describe. I call those red squares handles and YES I do get the arrows when hovering. I just cannot move the box in any direction. Let me see if I can attach a drw. I see how to insert everything but a file. Video, picture, link, emoti something. No file. Wheres the "paperclip"?
Use the Advanced Editor link in the upper right of the dialog. This will let you attach files.
Here it is. My apologies and thank you Anna.
Sid, I had a look at your border and for reasons that aren't clear to me, your description field wouldn't allow me to resize it's margins.
I created a new note, added the tag to it and format painted the layer and text properties from your note onto it and was able to adjust the margins as described earlier in this text
I attached the result to this email
After some additional digging and for whatever its worth guys, we have the exact same problem with the other notes that are coming from the properties of the model. The notes in the format are $prpsheet: (description), $prpsheet: (date), and $prpsheet: (drawn by).
The note for the drawing name on the border that gets populated from the model name is just, draw1. This note I can edit the text box. Now if I copy and paste this "draw1" note that I can edit to the description, how will this new note know to get whatever is in the properties under description in the model?
I couldn't re-size the box either. I don't know why, and that seems to be the only note that I couldn't adjust. I don't believe I've ever run into that before. I linked the note to the property "Description" and played around with adding and removing text, and the box always expanded or contracted to fix the text. Of course if you want it to wrap that won't help. If no one else has a better idea or explanation I would recommend deleting this note and making a new one. Or copy and paste one of the other notes that you can adjust and link to the correct property.
It seems the drawing name in the border comes from the model name. Automatically populated. The description comes from the models properties under "description". In the description note in the border, when you double click on it, the note in the format is prefaced with a dollar sign a prps and a colon. the note for the drawing name is just a name with no dollar sign or colon or anything like that. Our guy here who handles the templates is stumped as well I thought because our templates are read only that was the case. But he cannot change the box either and he has write privelages.
If we just delete the bad note with the dollar sign and add a copied working note from somewhere else, how do we get the properties description from the model update that new note?
Sid, SolidWorks uses a mark-up language to get a field name.
So in any drawing note, if you put $PRP:"PROPERTYNAME", SW will look up the value of the property called out in the tag from the drawing
If you format the note like this $PRPSHEET:"PROPERTYNAME", SW will look up the value of the property in the model that's specified in the Sheet Properties dialog. SolidWorks changes the qutoes to braces i drawings, but you don't have to worry about that.
Unlike Attribute definitions in AutoCAD, SolidWorks doesn't have a special entity type reserved for notes. Therefore, if you can copy the field string-the $PRP statement-from one note to another and it will update with the attributes of the referenced drawing or model.
You should read through the documentation on linking notes to properties:
Thank you sir.
You may have encountered an unusual bug with the non-resizing notes. Since you have a workaround for now, it may be not urgent, but please contact your VAR when you get a chance in order to have them investigate this for you.
To add to Glenn's comment, word wrapping in SolidWorks works in a similar manner as PowerPoint text boxes. Resizing of the bounding box sets the text to be word wrapped. If you haven't resized your boudning box, the row you are on will continue until <ENTER> is pressed.
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