8.5 Tables

With what we have seen so far, we know that "pulling" lines and creating text objects in a line is a task that can be done quickly and easily in Autocad. In fact, it would be all that it would take to create tables easily and quickly, combining, for example, lines or polylines with text objects to create the appearance of a table.

However, tables in Autocad are a type of object independent of text. The group "Tables" of the eyebrow "Annotate" allows to insert tables in the drawings of Autocad in a simplified way, since, once the command is started, it is simply necessary to specify how many columns and how many rows the table will have, among other singles settings. Let's see how to insert tables and capture some data in them.

With the tables it is even possible to perform some calculations, just like an Excel spreadsheet, even if you do not expect all the functionality of that program. When you select a cell, the ribbon displays a contextual tab called "Table cell" with options similar to those of a spreadsheet with which, among other things, we could create a formula that does basic operations on the data of the table.

The formula for adding values ​​from a group of cells in the table is the same as those we use in Excel, but we insist, it is so rudimentary that it is not really practical to use Autocad tables for these purposes. In any case, it is much more practical to manipulate your data in an Excel spreadsheet and then link them to an AutoCAD table. Even when the data in that spreadsheet is modified, the existence of a link between the table and that sheet allow updating the information in Autocad.

Finally, similar to text styles, we can create styles to apply to our tables. In other words, we can create a set of presentation features, such as line types, colors, thicknesses and borders under a specific name and then apply them to different tables. Obviously, for this we have a dialog box that allows us to manage the different styles.

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