A Simple But Useful Label Trick


Have you ever created an alignment or a profile in Civil 3D and then clicked on an alignment station label, for example, and noticed that all of the station labels were selected? What if you wanted to change the style of just one label? What if you wanted to edit the text of that label and possibly add content to it? Furthermore, what if you simply wanted to put that station label on the other side of the alignment for clarity? I know, you could create a style that when the label is in it’s dragged state you could suppress the display of the leader to kind of fake it out to get it to look like what you want. But there is a better and more simple way to do all of this; the ctrl key! Yes, believe it or not the ctrl key holds the key to unlocking this ability.
All you have to do is to hold down the ctrl key and then click on the label you would like to modify. Once selected, right click on the label and notice the options as seen in Figure 1.

Figure 1

Figure 1

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

After selecting to flip the label,  for example, the station label will flip to the other side of the alignment as seen in Figure 2 and the other labels in the set will not be affected! Very cool! After edits have been made, if you decide that you want the label to go back to its original properties, you can ctrl select it, right click and select “reset label”.

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Figure 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some other things you can do if you select “label properties” after you ctrl select a label and then right click on it. Figure 3 shows these options.

Figure 3

Figure 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can change the style of that one label, you can toggle off the display of that one label, or you can flip the label from here. There is one small catch with the visibility toggle to remember though. If you toggle of the display of a label there is no way to ctrl select it to be able to turn it on again if needed. So what can you do? You can select any of the labels in the group, then right click and select “reset all group labels”. Here’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the label will now reappear. The bad news is that all ctrl select edits to labels will be reset to their original states.
So there it is! A simple yet powerful trick to try with individual labels that are part of a group.

Civil Infrastructure software is my main professional interest. Civil 3D, Infraworks, and Recap are what I work with mostly. I have been with CADsoft Consulting for over 10 years now. I got my start using Softdesk and AutoCAD R12 in DOS. My wife and I have four children and I am a die hard Red Sox fan.