How to Insert Text Symbols and Special Characters in AutoCAD?

You can include special characters and symbols by entering a control code or a Unicode string.

Symbols can be inserted in text using one of the following methods:

  • In the In-Place Text Editor while editing or placing mtext, right-click and select Symbol.
  • On the contextual Text Editor ribbon tab, which displays while editing or placing mtext, click Symbol.
  • On the contextual Text Editor ribbon tab, click Symbol > Other to display the Character Map. Copy and paste from the Character Map.
  • Enter the control code or Unicode string.Note: Precede the Unicode string with a backslash ( \ ).
Unicode strings and control codes
NameControl CodesUnicode Strings
Degree (°)%%dU+00B0
Plus/Minus Tolerance (±)%%pU+00B1
Diameter ()%%cU+2205
Text symbols and Unicode strings
NameSymbolUnicode String
Almost equalU+2248
Boundary lineU+E100
Electrical phaseU+0278
Flow lineU+E101
Initial lengthU+E200
Monument lineU+E102
Not equalU+2260
Plate/property lineU+214A
Subscript 2U+2082

These text symbols are available in the following True Type (TTF) and SHX fonts:

  • Simplex*
  • Romans*
  • gdt*
  • amgdt*
  • Isocp
  • Isocp2
  • Isocp3
  • Isoct
  • Isoct2
  • Isoct3
  • Isocpeur (TTF only)*
  • Isocpeur italic (TTF only)
  • Isocteur (TTF only)
  • Isocteur italic (TTF only)

* These fonts also include the Initial Length symbol used for arc length dimensions.

If you encounter any issues with the symbol display, kindly verify if you have installed and choose the required fonts.

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