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Tutorial-How to display the area of an enclosed figure

Suppose that you would like to insert a label that displays the area of an enclosed figure. While the AREA command can show you the area, it doesn’t create a label in your drawing. If you insert the area at the end of a leader, that area doesn’t change if your object changes in size.

You can use fields (introduced in AutoCAD 2006) to display information about objects. In this tutorial, you create a leader that displays the area of a tub. You can do this in model space or paper space.

  1. Set up a text style for your leader text and a dimension style for the leader.
  2. Start the MLEADER or QLEADER command.
  3. Specify the first leader points and subsequent points until you see a text cursor.
  4. If you’re using the QLEADER command, At the Specify text width <0″>: prompt, specify the endpoint of the text, leaving enough room for the expected text. At the Enter first line of annotation text <Mtext>: prompt, press Enter to open the Multiline Text Editor, as shown here.

Tips from our reader: To get rid of the text box gray hatch,  use Tools -> Options -> User Preferences and uncheck “Display background of fields” under “Fields”

  1. For either command, when you see the text cursor, type Area: and a space.
  2. Right-click in the text area and choose Insert Field.
  3. In the Field dialog box, choose Objects from the Field Category drop-down list. This makes the field you want easier to find.
  4. Choose Object in the Field Names box.
  5. In the Object Type area, click the Select Objects button.
  6. You return to your drawing, where you should select the object. The Field dialog box comes back and it should look like the one you see here.

Note: If your enclosed area isn’t one object, you may be able to use the BOUNDARY command to create a polyline. That’s what I did with the tub.

  1. Choose the property you want to display. I chose Area.
  2. Choose a format; I chose Architectural.
  3. Click OK.
  4. If necessary, adjust the width of the text by dragging on the edge of the Multiline Text Editor’s ruler.
  5. Click outside the editor to close it. Here you see the result.

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Ellen Finkelstein

37 comments to Tutorial-How to display the area of an enclosed figure



  • Rick

    Pretty nice indeed… But why is it in square feet even though I’ve set my drawing to meters? It doesn’t seem possible to change the area to square meters.

  • Ravinder

    Very Usefull.
    Thanks ……….
    really helped me.

  • LEO G


  • Ellen

    I don’t know how you would do that with fields, but the AREA command lets you add and subtract areas.

  • christopher

    how to convert the 66/50 meters to squer meters

  • Ellen

    Try AutoCAD’s calculator. The command depends on your release. Try QC or QUICKCALC.

  • red-rider

    the areas will add if you use autocad tables. go to a cell and insert the object (just the way you do for the mtext example above). The table will display the value.

    The table works very much like excel, thought not as smooth.

  • fran

    Hi, do you know if it’s possible to customize a format or to save a new one? I use the additional format editor, but I have to do it singulary for each area label.
    thanks a lot for your excellent tutorials!

  • Ellen

    No, I don’t know if that’s possible. I think some people have written some software to facilitate field formats, but I’m not sure who.

  • jai

    is there any command by which we can get the dimensions of a rectangular room in form of text by clicking two diagonaly opposite points.

  • Ellen

    MEASUREGEOM or AREA command?

  • Ashok

    hi sir i dont how to calculate the squres mettes , can u let me know , 1 squre metter howmany squre to one metter

  • Ellen

    I’m not sure I’m understanding what you mean, but AutoCAD’s calculator can do measurement conversions. Try typing QC and expand the bottom of the calculator window.

  • christian llagas

    is there a quicker way to extract areas and displaying it on the drawing? i mean like selecting all the objects and extracting its areas and make it appear on the drawing, as a qs engr, it’s very time consuming when i will use the area command then copy the areas from the command-line and pasting it to the drawing. I hope you understand what i mean. thank you for sharing your tips.

  • cva

    how to do this if i have to do this for 65 objects art onee

  • Ellen

    I can’t think of a way other than writing an AutoLISP program.

  • weichsel dean

    thanks for the info. it is very informative. by the way, i have a problem, it is regarding the dynamic block, can you tell me how to create a dynamic block for duct elbow which the finish product, i will just drag it and assign a specific dimension and the correct object will appear with the correct dimension.
    thank you very much.

  • milo

    I need AutoCAD 2007 short cuts,specialy of viewing Area calculator

  • Chantal

    Hi Ellen, is there a way to get rid of the hatch behind the text box? It appears as gray in my paperspace.

  • hotdog

    Tools -> Options -> User Preferences
    uncheck “Display background of fields” under “Fields”

  • JVJ

    Fielddisplay space 0 space or viceversa

  • Swapnil

    I am Using auto cad 2009 but when I calculate the 2 or more numbers of area they cant show me mark of selection so please can you give me salutation

  • Bang

    Swapnil – did you find a solution? I have the same problem 🙁

  • AA

    Very useful!
    But one thing, the area shows in mine is not the correct area of my object, my unit is millimeter and I made a object of 1X1m (1000 X 1000mm) it should be 10.76sq.ft but if i used this command it shows 6,944.44sq.ft.?? how can i solve this problem??


  • abdul

    Is there any way to show perimeter of an object for laser cutting purpose?

  • Hans Graveman

    Abdul you can use the “Object” field name and “Length” as property

  • Havier

    AreaMeasure Plug-in By KIM is very efficient way and saved me hours of tedious work.

  • Werner

    How do I remnove the shading of the inserted field?

  • Randall

    is there a way to “blanket” apply this command over several areas simultaneously, like, to group 200 room areas in a floor plan, without having to go through this process 200 separate times? Please, and thank you!

  • Eve

    Why can’t Autodesk help like this?? Thanks, just what I was looking for!

  • satyam parte.

    if i substact some object & i wanted to filled again this portion how i can do please help me. & one more is that if i union 2 object i wanted to ununioin that object how i can do.

  • Elise

    What if I want the area to change with the object?
    So that they are linked somehow?

  • T K M Galappaththy

    Can we display in leader of subracted area using field option or anyother way without typing manually.

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  • Saina

    thanks…, its realy helpful!

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