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    By John Flanagan 

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    Introduction

    When you insert data fields in AutoCAD such as room areas, the measurements are highlighted with a shaded background (see table below).

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    Fig 1: Room Schedule Table with Floor Areas

    During training courses I often get asked if there is a way to turn the field display background off. The answer is simple. To turn this default display setting off, go to OptionsUser Preferences and un-tick the little box next to Display background of fields as shown in the options dialogue box below.

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    Remember that your printed output will not show any background shading whether the display setting is turned off or on. The shaded background is only there as a visual reminder that it is a data field and not simply text.