Occasionally, you might inherit a drawing from someone else containing single-line text objects that would be easier to manage if they were just one multiline text object. Let’s try converting the single-line text to MText.
Open a drawing containing single-line text. You can also use the TEXT command to create some single-line text as shown below.Compared to the several grips available on an MText object, a single-line text object has grips at its insertion and alignment points which are the same by default and in the lower-left corner.
At the Command prompt, enter txt2mtxt.
If you want to specify the text conversion settings, at the Select objects or [SEttings] prompt, enter se.
Select one or more single-line text objects to convert to MText. Let’s select all three text objects.
Press Enter to combine the selected text objects.
How to convert MText to separate single-line text?
To convert MText to separate single-line text objects, enter x (EXPLODE) at the Command prompt and select the MText objects to explode.
AutoCAD Express Tools is a collection of productivity tools that extend the power of AutoCAD. You can access most of the Autodesk Express Tools from the Express Tools tab on the ribbon. You can also access Express Tools using corresponding commands.
Note: In AutoCAD 2022 or later, the Express Tools are installed by default.
Enable Express Tools
At the Command prompt, enter EXPRESSTOOLS. Express Tools are installed as part of the default installation.
Access Express Tools
Click the Express Tools tab on the Ribbon.
To display the Express menu, enter EXPRESSMENU at the Command prompt.
To display the Express toolbars, right-click next to any docked toolbar. Click EXPRESS, and select an Express toolbar. Repeat these steps until all of the Express toolbars you want are displayed.Tip: With the Express toolbars displayed, select a workspace and save it. The Express Tools toolbars will then always be included with that workspace.
Access Express Tools Help
Hover over an Express Tool on the Ribbon, and press F1.
Access the Express Tools Help system from the Express menu (in the Classic Menu Bar).
How to install or uninstall Express Tools in AutoCAD products?
When installing AutoCAD product, click the program’s install/configure options and enable the checkbox for Express Tools if it is not selected. Some versions of AutoCAD do not have Express Tools selected to install by default.
After AutoCAD 2021 or earlier is installed
To install Express Tools after AutoCAD 2021 or earlier has been installed:
Open Programs and Features from the Windows Control Panel.
Double-click AutoCAD to modify/change the program.
When the setup window appears, click Add or Remove Features.
In the program features list, put a check on Express Tools. Tip: Depending on the version of AutoCAD, clicking Next once or twice to find the features list may be required.
Click Update or Next to complete the operation.
To uninstall Express Tools, follow the above steps but uncheck Express Tools from the features list.
If by chance the install setup indicates Express Tools is already installed but it does not show within AutoCAD, uncheck to remove it and then do it again and add it back (i.e., uninstall/reinstall).
After AutoCAD 2022 or later is installed
For 2022 products and later, the Windows Control Panel is the best way to remove products.
Note: Restart your computer to apply pending Windows updates. To keep customizations, such as menus and PGP files, back up your files.
Open the Apps & features menu (Start > Settings > Apps > Apps & features).
Select the product to remove.
Select Uninstall to remove a component. Note: Remember that Material Libraries are shared across products. Don’t remove them unless you want to uninstall all Autodesk products. If you do remove libraries, uninstall the medium resolution image library first, then the base resolution image library, and the Autodesk material library last.
Confirm that you want to uninstall. Then click Finish.
Restart if prompted. Then return to the Apps & features menu to uninstall other software.
Express Tools missing from the Ribbon
If the Express Tools are missing from the Ribbon, but commands (e.g. FLATTEN, REPLACEBLOCK, etc.) are recognized when entered at the command line, see:
To make the Express Tolls ribbon visible again do these steps:
Copy acetmain.cuix and acetmain.mnl files from a working same version AutoCAD .The standard location for these files is C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx\Rxxx\<product language>\Support\ )
Paste the files to the following local folder C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx\Rxxx\<product language>\Support\
Load the Express Tools CUI File in AutoCAD
Enter CUILOAD on the command line.
Click “Browse…” and select the acetmain.cuix file from the mentioned preceding location.