How to curve text in AutoCAD, along Arc and Circle

With ARCTEXT express tool you can write curve text in AutoCAD which is aligned to an arc. This tool can’t be used to write curve text along the spline, polyline or circle but there is a workaround that can be used to make a text curved along the circle.

There are also some interesting text related tips like text mask and mirroring, you can see all of those tips as well.

Writing text on Arc:

To write curve text along arc type ARCTEXT on the command line and press enter. Click on the arc on which you want to make your aligned text, if the arc is a part of Polyline then explode the Polyline and then select arc.

A new ArcAlignedText Workshop window will pop up. Enter the text which you want to align to the arc in the text field, I am using “this is arc aligned text” as the sample text.

Set text height to appropriate size depending upon the scale of your drawing from properties panel and click on the left align arc text button on the top to align it towards the left side of the arc. Set the height of text as per your requirement using Text height field. See image below for reference.

Curve text in autoCAD

Now click OK to apply changes and exit this window, your arc aligned text will look like the one shown in the image below.

Curve text in autoCAD

You can also align this text in such a way that it covers complete space on the arc. For that type ARCTEXT on command line again press enter and click on the text which you created in the previous step. The ArcAlignedText Workshop window will pop up again providing you an opportunity to modify this aligned text.

Click on F (fit along the arc) from buttons on top of this window and click OK to exit it. Your text will now appear like this.

Curve text in autoCAD

Writing text along a circle:

This command allows you to curve text in AutoCAD only along an arc, so you have to use a workaround for making text along a complete circle.

Make an arc with an included angle of 359 degrees or more and then a text can be written along its boundary. Here is the text I created along an arc with the angle of more than 359 degrees and later I replaced arc with a complete circle.

To make this text inside the circle select this icon concave text from the ArcAlignedText workshop window. The text on the concave side of the arc will look like image B as shown below.

Curve text in autoCAD

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

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  1. vishwanath July 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    how to convert arc aliened text into DXF form

  2. Doug Haas May 11, 2018 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    how do you get the text on the bottom not to be upside down

  3. Emdadul Haque July 25, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Dear Bro this command is not work on autocad 2015.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey July 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      You need to have express tools installed in autocad for this command to work.

      • ANKIT AGARWAL January 13, 2018 at 12:54 am - Reply

        Hi Jain this is Ankit I’m using this arctext command for English text it is working fine but when I am using this command for Hindi text is not working it will be there is a sum dotted circles come in between words so can you tell me how to resolve this problem or it is not work for Hindi text. Please respond me asap I try many thing to resolve it but it is not working I hope maybe you can give some solution.

        • Jaiprakash Pandey January 16, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

          I am not sure about this but as far as I think this ARCTEXT tool might not be compatible with custom fonts and Hindi font is obviously a custom font, not the default windows font.

  4. Dennis Himberger June 8, 2017 at 12:25 am - Reply


    • Jaiprakash Pandey June 8, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

      This is still available even in 2018 version!
      This is part of the express tools and if you have plain AutoCAD version installed without express tools then you need to install express tools first for using these commands.

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  6. Anonymous January 22, 2016 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tip sir, I learned more about from you and your channel thats why I love it.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Welcome, I am glad SourceCAD is helping you in your learning

  7. Anonymous January 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

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    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

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