Link the Excel cell to AutoCAD Text

There are two ways to import the data of Excel into AutoCAD. If you want to import a whole worksheet or the selected range into AutoCAD with the formats in Excel, you can try AutoTable. It can import a whole worksheet or the selected range from Excel to AutoCAD perfectly. If you want the cells of Excel only (without the formats), it’s a more flexible way to link the cells of Excel into AutoCAD as a field. Field can exist in any Text, MText or Attribute. Let’s see how to do it with AutoField.

1. Use the Insert menu or right click to choose Insert ->Field.

2. Select “AF Excel Cell” in the left panel of the Field dialog.

3. Open an Excel file and select the cell you want to import.

4. Click “Get Active Cell” to get the active cell address.


5. If you want to use the relative path, please choose “Relative Path”.


6. Click OK to insert a field.

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A bit larger size but the settings are same

If you import Excel file into AutoCAD a bit larger size than other machines and the settings of AutoTable are the same as other machines, please check the DPI setting of your windows.

1. Open Appearance and Themes in Control Panel.
2. Open Display in Appearance and Themes.
3. On the Settings tab, click Advanced.
4. On the General tab of the new dialog, please set the DPI setting to Normal size (96 DPI).
5. Click Ok on both dialog.
6. After windows XP adjusts the DPI setting, please restart your computer.

This method is for Windows XP.

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Import the named range into AutoCAD

Generally AutoTable saves an A1-style reference (for example, $A$1) in AutoCAD when importing a selected range. But sometimes you need to import a named range into AutoCAD. Because the named range has many advantages in Excel.

Now let’s see how to import a named range into AutoCAD with AutoTable.

1. Click Create Table on the AutoTable toolbar. AutoTable starts Excel.

2. Open your workbook and select the named range.


3. Click Options on the AutoTable toolbar of Excel and select the "Other" tab.

4. Check Use Range Name and click OK.


5. Click Range Import on the AutoTable toolbar of Excel.

6. Then AutoTable will close Excel and import the named range into AutoCAD.

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