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 Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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3 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 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

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