Import text from TXT and MS Word file in AutoCAD

You can directly import text from TXT and MS Word file in AutoCAD as Mtext using Import text option which is available in Tools panel of Text editor tab. The text formatting will not be retained if it is imported from notepad but the formatting will retain if you import it from RTF (Rich Text Format) file.

In this article, I will explain both the methods, let’s start with importing text from TXT file popularly known as Notepad file.

Importing text from TXT file:

Start MTEXT command and make a text box in the drawing area. A Text Editor tab will appear for as long as MTEXT command is active as shown in the image below. Select Import Text from expanded Tools panel of Text Editor tab, locate TXT file in which your text is saved and click on Open to import it into AutoCAD.

Import text from TXT and MS Word file in AutoCAD

Import text option in Tools panel

After importing the text you can add formatting using the Text Editor tab in AutoCAD window.

Importing from Word file:

You can import text with its formattings from an MS Word file but the import text option, as shown above, recognizes only TXT and RTF format so you need to convert word file (.DOC) into an RTF file before importing.

To convert a word file into RTF (rich text format) file open it in MS word then select save as option from the File menu and choose Rich Text Format from format drop-down menu in the Save as window as shown in the image below.

Import text from TXT and MS Word file in AutoCAD

Saving a file in rich text format from MS word

Now start MTEXT command again and select Import Text from tools panel of text editor tab. This time, change the format to RTF from the Open window as shown in the image below. Select the RTF file and click on Open, your text will be entered with all its formattings in AutoCAD.

Import text from TXT and MS Word file in AutoCAD

Rich text format option in import text window

Apart from these methods, you can directly import the table from an excel file as a data link and also as a standalone drawing entity, More details about importing table in AutoCAD can be found in this article.

Do you have questions related to the tip? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. kaustubh bedekar December 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    i am a full time trader in equity / share market. i want to import share price data which is in ascii file format in autocad & draw a bar chart for each script on daily basis. since 1995 we have a data on various script’s. please help me build this type of querry or import function for auto cad.

  2. John Damman November 9, 2016 at 2:03 am - Reply

    I find that a simple copy and paste works, especially in an MTEXT window. Formatting can take place withint the MTEXT editor.

  3. Anonymous January 20, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Thank you for the post, I forgot how to do this.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 20, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply


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