Autodesk’s AutoCAD is a computer-aided design application that produces orthographic drawings, such as plans, sections and elevations. Elevations are vertical projections of a building or object, and sections are similar to plans but cut vertically through a building or object. Section drawings are often called profile drawings because the drafted section projection outlines the contour, or form, of the object. All orthographic drawings are annotated with text, or labels, to describe the dimension, material and finish of an object. The labels overlap at times and must be separated for legibility. All versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D, a version of AutoCAD for civil engineers, provide tools to edit overlapping labels: overlapping AutoCAD labels require manual editing, whereas AutoCAD Civil 3D edits overlapping labels with the “Profile Label Set” window.
Open AutoCAD and the project file with overlapping profile labels. Pan and zoom to the drawing location of the overlapping labels.
Click each label and type “Move” in the command line to change the label location. Stack the labels vertically aligning to either the right or left, depending on the drawing. Ensure the leaders are not overlapping. If your labels do not have leaders, type “Leader” in the command line, then click the mouse at each endpoint of the leader and press the “Enter” or “Return” key on the keyboard to draw leaders from the region described to the label. The leaders should be parallel to one another to keep the drawing well organized.
Type “Erase” in the command line to erase stray labels, lines and leaders. Select the elements to erase and press the “Enter” or “Return” key on the keyboard.
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Open AutoCAD Civil 3D and the project file with overlapping profile labels. Pan and zoom to the drawing location of the overlapping labels.
Click the labeled profile and right-click over the profile. Select “Edit” from the pop-up window.
Select “Stagger Labels” in the “Profile Label Set” window, and specify the separation, or height, of the stagger lines.