This post was republished from Applying Technology to Architecture's blog and reposted here with permission.
I get asked about how to place a detail bubble or a section bubble amongst text notes where the actual leader for the bubble is not desired. The user still wants to have the information within the bubble to auto-update, so the bubble needs to be an actual callout. This is a very common situation, The following image is an example of a typical situation.
This can be done initiating the Section command (or Callout command) from the View tab. Instead of placing the section, go to the Reference panel that appears in the menu and place a checkmark next to the “Reference Other View” option. You can then choose the desired Section or Callout to be referenced from the dropdown list.
After choosing the desired referenced view, place the section in your view and draw the section to display a tail.
In the Properties palette, change the section type to a Detail View or other type that does not display the Arrows on the bubble.
Pick on the cycle button next to the tail to cycle to the option where the tail is not shown.
Shorten the line so that it is as close to the bubble as you can get it. You may need to zoom in to do this portion. Note that there must be some portion of the line that exists.
The bubble may now be relocated to the desired position in relation to the text.
Note that this method can be used when desiring to place 2 bubble side by side pointing to the same callout outline.