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Using MS Word or another word processor with Mtext
*Applies to: AutoCAD R14, 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005*

Most of us the editor that comes with AutoCAD to work with Mtext.  The Mtext editor that is nested inside of AutoCAD can be cumbersome at times so some of us try to avoid it when possible due to the lack of understanding why we can do somethings but not all things in it.  This is why Autodesk gave the option of using external editors as well.  To use an external editor you just simply need to know where it is located and then give it to AutoCAD.

Step 1 -  To load a different editor simply go to Tools>>Preferences (Options for R2000 users) and then select the Files tab.

Step 2 -  Proceed down the tree until you get to the Text Editor, Dictionary.... branch.  Expand the branch so the lower level items are exposed.  To do this simply click on the Plus sign.

Step 3 -  Next, expand the Text Editor Application item and then highlight the editor that is listed (such as Internal, :lisped, etc...).  Click the browse button to go off and find the editor of your choice.  Once you have located the editor simply highlight it and then select the Open button on the Select a file dialog box.

Step 4 -  Finally click the OK button on the Preferences (or Options) dialog box to make the change permanent.

Command Line:
Command: MTEXTED
New value for MTEXTED, or . for none <"Internal">: "C:/Program Files/Microsoft Office/.... word.exe"