MicroStation Tip: Modify Dimension Text

Editing text in a dimension can be done the same as editing any other text in the file.

Text Toolbar

Open the Text toolbar from the pulldown menu:

Tools > Main > Text



Edit Text

Using the Edit Text tool you can select any dimension text and add additional words, or overwrite the entire dimension value.

1. Select the Edit Text icon.

2. Select the text in your dimension. The word processor dialog will appear and will show an asterisk “*”. The asterisk represents the dynamic measured value.

3. Place the word Width before the asterisk. DO NOT delete the asterisk.

Text Editor
Before After

Before                                                          After

Note: If you want to completely overwrite the dimension value then delete the asterisk and type the desired distance. To get the text back to being dynamic place the asterisk back in.


Bob Mecham

Bob is a partner at EnvisionCAD and is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, instruction, development, and customization of both MicroStation and InRoads.

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7 comments on “MicroStation Tip: Modify Dimension Text

  1. David Duke Reply

    How would you put a (TYP) BELOW THE LINE IN DIMENSION IN V8I? I haven’t figured that out yet.

  2. Bob Mecham Reply

    David you need to turn on Duplicate Dimension the edit the dimension below the line and remove the asteric * and type (TYP).

    Bob Mecham

    • John Moore Reply

      Where is this setting located? I am using V8i and I have checked every single item under the dimension style and cannot find it.

      • Bob Mecham Reply

        Hi John,
        In V8i it will be Tools > Text > Open as Toolbox. It is not a dimension edit tool it is a text edit tool.

        Bob Mecham

  3. Joel Wood Reply

    How about flipping the text 180 degrees? It’s upside down and I can’t “rotate” it.

    Microstation CONNECT Edition Update 15 – Version

    • Bob Mecham Reply

      Does this workflow work for you?
      Open a second view window
      Rotate this view 2 by 180 degrees
      In view 1 select all dimensions whose texts should be rotated
      Insert Key-in “change dimension view 2”
      Now all selected dimension texts are aligned according to the rotation
      angle of view 2

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