Design SuiteAdding data tags and labels


Tool set

Data Tag


Use the Data Tag tool to add tags that show data associated with drawing objects. This data can be general parameters (such as height), record fields (such as a model number), or IFC data. You can also use the tool to add simple labels that don't show data from any object, such as a date stamp.

A large number of data tags are provided in the Vectorworks resource libraries. To show different data or tag different types of objects, create a custom tag.




Places a tag that is not linked to any drawing object

Single Eligible Object

When you click on an eligible object, places a tag that is linked to the object

All Eligible Objects

Highlights all eligible objects that are selectable in the current layer or in the current viewport’s annotations; click one object to tag them all

Selected Eligible Objects

Click to apply tags to all eligible objects that are selected

Single Point

If the active tag has no leader, places a tag with one click

Two Points

If the active tag has no leader, places the tag with two clicks

Towards Target Object

If the active tag has a leader, or if Two Points mode is selected, the first click places the tag, and the second click specifies the target object

Towards Data Tag

If the active tag has a leader, or if Two Points mode is selected, the first click specifies the target object, and the second click places the tag

Data Tag Style

Opens the Resource Selector to select a resource for tagging; double-click a resource to activate it


Sets the default parameters for each new data tag object; see Creating data tag styles

To add tags:

To tag multiple objects of one type (such as walls) but exclude others of that type, select the objects to be tagged first.

Click the tool.

Click Data Tag Style on the Tool bar to select a resource from the Resource Selector. A green tag name indicates the tag units are page-based; red indicates world-based units.

Vectorworks library files that name specific types of objects (such as Wall.vwx) contain tags that are designed to be attached to that type of object and to show specific data from the object. The other files contain tags that don't link to an object; these are used as labels only. When you double-click to activate a Vectorworks library tag, the program creates a resource folder named Data Tag Styles in your file and places the resource there. 

To create a custom tag style, see Creating data tag styles.

From the Tool bar, click the desired modes for placing the tag and leader, if applicable.

If a simple label tag (such as a date stamp) is active, select either Label or Single Eligible Object mode.

If an object-specific tag (such as a wall tag) is active, select Single Eligible Object, All Eligible Objects, or Selected Eligible Objects mode.

If the active tag is not appropriate for the selected mode or for the available drawing objects, an alert opens (for example, if you selected a door tag, but there are no doors in the current view or layer). Select a different tag or mode, or adjust what can be seen and selected in the current view.

Place the tag as follows:

Label mode: If the tag has no leader, simply click to place the tag. Otherwise, click twice, to place the tag and the end of the leader line separately.

Single Eligible Object mode: An eligible object is highlighted when the cursor is over it. If the tag has no leader, and Single Point mode is selected, highlight the object to be tagged, and click to place the tag. Otherwise, click twice, to place the tag and leader line separately.

All Eligible Objects mode: All eligible objects are highlighted automatically. Click any one of the objects to tag all of them. If some eligible objects already have the active tag, they're not highlighted and tagged again.

Selected Eligible Objects mode: All selected objects are highlighted. Click one of the objects to tag all of them.


Placing a data tag with no leader line, using the modes Single Eligible Object, Two Points, and Towards Target Object

The data tag is placed in the appropriate plane, depending on where the tool is used.

Viewport in an annotation context: annotation plane

Design layer in Top/Plan view: layer plane

Design layer in a 3D view: active plane

If the tagged object doesn't have the appropriate data attached, the tag displays differently, depending on the situation:

Object 1: Symbol has data in the required field—tag displays the data
Object 2: Symbol has no data in the required field—tag displays as a dash
Object 3: Symbol doesn't have the required record attached—tag displays as defined in its layout
Object 4: Symbol has no data in the required field, but the tag includes a blue rectangle as well as data—tag displays the rectangle only

Creating data tag styles

Editing data tags


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