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I did some work at home using Autocad 2008 and when I bring it to work on Autocad 2014, some of the text is missing. I exploded all the text thinking it maybe needed to be text instead of mtext.

Any ideas?

Actually, I do have an idea.  Please double-check that the text style has not changed and that there is not a lisp routine that is redefining your text style when you open drawings.  The text might be there, but very, very small.  If you're in the United States, make sure MEASUREMENT is set to 0 (inches) if you usually work in inches.  Also, you should NEVER use "Standard" for a text style name.  You should ALWAYS create and use a text style of your own or that of your company with a name that will not be duplicated by another company.  If the texts are members of the "Standard" text style, rename the style, create legible text in your drawing with that style, take note of the text height and then go back to the STYLE dialog and assign that same height to the text style (not zero).  Click on Apply and Close, and look for your text.  I'm hoping that at this point your text will be visible.

Another idea popped into my mind.  The ANNOALLVISIBLE system variable.  If you're text styles are annotative then you might need to set that system variable to 1.

Bill DeShawn


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I can address all 2-D questions and some 3-D questions. I do programming in AutoLISP if it doesn`t involve solid modeling. I can also address menu customization issues and can help you find answers to questions I can`t answer by taking your question directly to Autodesk via their newsgroups.


I used to do electronic and mechanical design for a flat panel monitor manufacturer, and now I do architectural drafting for an architect. I did and do AutoLISP and menu customization and take pride in making my lisp routines to do the work exactly the way the client likes them done.

I had a routine published in CADENCE magazine (no longer in publication and taken over by CADALYST). Some of my routines are published on my website at

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