Instead of re-drawing an entire PDF manually, we can use a few commands to import it into AutoCAD and automatically convert its vector data into objects. Polylines, arcs, circles, and MText are recognized and created. However, some text isn’t immediately recognized and turns into multiple segments of polylines that are difficult to edit.

To mitigate this, AutoCAD contains two powerful commands that can turn polylines into MText. We can use the “Combine Text” function to group objects into words and “sentences”, and in conjunction with the “Recognize SHX Text” and its settings, we can match polyline geometry to commonly used fonts.

This recording explains how two commands can convert polylines into MText in AutoCAD. For more information, please contact us at

Digital Drafting Systems – Converting Polylines to MText in AutoCAD

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