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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rotating Ordinate Dimension Text via Dimension Styles in Autodesk Inventor

“I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act.”

In the last couple of weeks, I've been asked the same question has come up.

How do I rotate my ordinate dimension text 90 degrees?

The next I need to rotate

It's a question that comes up every so often, goes away, then comes back. 

Looking back in my archives, I've realized I've never created a blog post for this one, so here it is.  How to rotate ordinate dimension text 90 degrees!

  • First, choose the dimension style I want to edit, right click, and select "Edit Dimension Style".  I can also go to the Styles Manager on the Manage tab, but the right click method is a little quicker I think.

Editing the dimension style
  • The Dimension Style Editor appears, selected the dimension style.  Click the "Text" tab.

The text tab, where to look
  • This section contains the settings for text orientation.  Select the "Vertical Orientation Tab", and rotate the text to be vertical instead of the default, which is horizontal.  Save and close the Dimension Style Editor.

Changing the setting

And it's done!  One last step would be to save it to the styles library, and make sure it's available to all the drawings, if desired.

Saving to the Styles Library.
But that is it.  As I've said too many times before, 'Not hard, when you know where to look".  But indeed, it's just a matter of looking in the right place.

And naturally, there has to be a video that goes with it, so here it is!


  1. Anonymous9:37 AM

    THANK YOU! I tried a few things that would have made more sense to me, but they didn't work. (Like changing text styles to custom ones with rotation.) When they didn't work, I figured the solution would be something tricky and indirect.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad this post was helpful!

  2. Thanks! I'm stuck with 2011, so maybe this explains what I'm seeing. I can change the ordinate dim to rotate but it's taking ALL dimensions to rotate. How do I rotate just linear and/or ordinate dims? Thanks a bunch

    1. Bob, you might try creating two dimension styles. One for ordinate dimensions (with rotation set one way), and one for linear dimensions (with rotation set the "other" way).

      Hope this helps!