Architectural Production Software 2005

Keyboard shortcut: LL, LLA, LLB, LLD, LLS, LLT
Toolbar button: , , , , ,
Compatible with AutoCAD Versions: Standard compatible versions


Each of the commands draws a leader starting from a selected symbol or text and the leader will automatically place itself on the same layer as the symbol or text selected. These are also known as "link leaders" because they "link" to symbols and text (they don't actually link though, but the name stuck, at least for the shortcuts).

The arrowhead and the adjacent leader line are one object when completed. (to eliminate loose arrowheads if the leader is ever erased) The difference between the commands is the type of arrowhead that each uses. The types of arrowheads are shown below:

SLEADR - Std Arrowhead
SLEADRA - Architectural Arrowhead
SLEADRB - Butterfly Arrowhead
SLEADRD - Dot Arrowhead
- Simple Arrowhead
- Tick Arrowhead

Each of the arrowheads is scaled using the drawing's scale factor so that they will appear the same size on the plotted sheet no matter what the drawing's scale.

User configurable options:


  • The leader is drawn on the same layer as the object selected to start from.

Known limitations:

  • None reported. If there is something this command will not do that you think it should please let us know.

Alternate uses:

  • None reported. If you have an alternate use for this command submit it here.



Command: , , , , , or
Command: LL, LLA, LLB, LLD, LLS, or LLT


Specify first point on symbol or text:

Select the text (std text) or symbol that you would like the leader to start from. (For this demonstration we will show an example of text and three differently shaped symbols)  If you are selecting text you may select it anywhere. When selecting a symbol select it near the spot you would like the leader to start. This command will find the nearest midpoint, endpoint or quadrant to start the leader from.

Note: This leader is designed to start from the text or symbol in any of the four polar directions (up, down, left, or right) however you may override this (by turning off orthomode below) and make the leader start in any direction desired. 



Specify second point or [D]ist/[L]ength/direction dialog:

Ortho is turned on for this point. (Turn it off with <F8> or to draw other angles.) There are two ways to draw these leaders: straight or with an "elbow" or bend. If you would like to just draw the leader straight select the point where you would like the arrow to point. Otherwise select the second point for the "elbow" of the leader or press "D" or "L" for the Distance/Length & direction dialog

Note: If you selected text you will notice that the line starts from the middle of the text, this is normal and the line will be trimmed once this second point has been selected.



--the first leader line is drawn--

Specify arrow point or <Enter>/<Space> to make the last point the arrow:

Ortho is turned off for this point. (Turn it on with <F8> or to draw polar angles.)

If you would just like the arrow added to the end of the leader line you just drew press <Enter> or <Space>. It will be drawn as shown in the text example above. (Of course yours can be a lot longer if you want)

Otherwise select the point for the arrowhead.



--the second leader line and arrowhead are drawn--


Special considerations when drawing leaders from MText

Depending on the attachment style you have chosen (See the Text - Leaders section of the APS-CONFIG command) this command will draw a leader in the following ways:

Style 1

No change from the text and symbols shown above.


Style 2

No change from the text and symbols shown above with the exception that there is a line drawn the width or height of the MText depending on which side of the text the leader is drawn from.


Style 3

This style of attachment requires that you let the command know which direction that the leader will be going so that it can find the appropriate starting point for the leader. If you go to the left the leader will start from the top left of the text, if you go to the right the leader will start from the bottom right of the text. Going up or down the leaders will act as though they are using style 1 and will go as if from the center of the text. The syntax is as follows:

Specify first point on symbol or text:

Select the MText.


Specify direction for leader line:

Show the command the direction that you would like to go. This direction does not have to be the exact angle that you are going to have the leader go. This just wants to know if you are going left, right, or up/down.


Specify second point or [D]ist/[L]ength/direction dialog:

The leader line starts from the appropriate location based on the direction selected above.

--The remainder of the command is the same as is described above--


Solutions to common questions and problems with this command


Related Commands

CRVLA, CRVLAA, CRVLAB, CRVLAD, CRVLAS, CRVLAT  Commands to draw a curved leader

ELVEXST, ELVEXSTA, ELVEXSTB, ELVEXSTD, ELVEXSTS, ELVEXSTT  Commands to draw an existing grade elevation symbol w/ leader

ELVNEW, ELVNEWA, ELVNEWB, ELVNEWD, ELVNEWS, ELVNEWT  Commands to draw a new grade elevation symbol w/ leader

KEYNOT, KEYNOTA, KEYNOTB, KEYNOTD, KEYNOTS, KEYNOTT  Commands to draw a keynote symbol w/ leader

LDRTXT, LDRTXTA, LDRTXTB, LDRTXTD, LDRTXTS, LDRTXTT  Commands to draw a leader w/ text

LEADR, LEADRA, LEADRB, LEADRD, LEADRS, LEADRT  Commands to draw a leader

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