Ever come across a great Revit tip or trick and save it “somewhere safe”, only to never come across it again for months? Or do you find yourself with a repetitive Revit problem- only you can’t remember exactly how you solved it last time? I’ve compiled my favorite Revit tips and tricks from around the web onto a handy cheat sheet that can be printed and pinned up at your desk.
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Favorite Tips from around the Internet
Did you know that there are keyboard shortcuts in Revit, just like CAD? Revit is so ‘click-heavy’ that it’s really nice to give your mouse hand a break and type in shortcut to start a tool. My favorites are VG or VV to open up the visibility and graphics menu, EH to hide an element (instead of right-click ‘Hide in View’ –> ‘Elements’), HH to hide an element temporarily (instead of clicking on the sunglasses), and SA to select all instances in entire project (instead of right-click ‘Select All Instances’ –> ‘In Entire Project’). Want more? Check out the full list from Autodesk.
Does your Revit model size seem to grow exponentially once you get to construction documents? Payette’s blog has a great post – ‘Ten Ways to Keep Your Revit Model Speedy’. I’ve highlighted my favorite five tips onto our cheat sheet, but I encourage you to read all ten tips especially if you are the team lead on a project. For us, Unused Views and Warnings are the biggest culprits in our sluggish models.
One of the most common warnings that comes up in Revit is ‘None of the created elements are visible in…’ This post from The Revit Blog gives an extensive list of things to try when you cannot see something in your model. I’ve summarized this list on our cheat sheet – this is one topic that’s too lengthy to keep memorized. Save your mental energy and keep this list handy the next time something disappears.
My Favorite Tips
Nudge and Super Nudge:
How can you not love a tool called Super Nudge?! In fact, I find myself using it so often that my fingers try to Super Nudge items in whatever software is open – does not work in AutoCAD, does work in Photoshop! Experiment with this one: you can move any object in Revit by selecting it, and then using your arrow keys to Nudge it left, right, up, or down. Hold down Shift while using the arrow keys and the object will move in larger increments – Super Nudge!
Paste Aligned to Current View:
When you paste an object or line work from one view to another, do you see the light blue temporary lines that show you where it should go to match the original view? However, you can’t click on those lines, or align to them – they are just there to taunt you. Next time, click on the tiny arrow underneath the Paste button, and select ‘Aligned to Current View’. And just like magic, your object or line work will drop right into place.
Hide Unreferenced View Tags:
This one only works for printing. Under the Print Dialog menu, click on ‘Settings’, then check the box to ‘Hide Unreferenced View Tags.’ Any callout, section, or elevation that is not filled out with a view number and sheet number reference will be hidden on your prints. If you want to hide unreferenced view tags in your views, google ‘hide unreferenced view tag filter’ for tutorials on setting up a view filter that will control the visibility of those tags.
Name Your Reference Planes:
By default, you can pick any of your grid lines or levels as a reference for your work plane, but what if you need something more specific? Add a name to a reference plane, and then it shows up on your list to choose from. This is really handy when you are modeling complex geometry.
Use Them. Seriously. Please do not waste your time turning of the grids from a linked model individually in every floor plan view or all the levels from the linked models in a section/elevation. Save your sanity. I could go on for weeks about all the settings you can use in a View template, but here is a quick tip. Get one view, like a floor plan, to look the way you want it to using Visibility/Graphics and Properties. Try not to hide individual elements. Then, right-click on this view in your Project Browser, select ‘Create View Template from View,’ type in a name and Click OK to close the pop-ups. Have another floor plan that needs the same things turned on/off, same scale, and same detail level? Find this view in your Project Browser, right-click and select ‘Apply Template Properties’. In the pop up, find the view template you created and named in the previous step, select it, click ‘Apply,’ and ‘OK.’
Hide at Scales Coarser Than:
Do you have an overall floor plan at a small scale that you only want to see the overall building sections and elevations? Are all of your wall sections, details, enlarged elevations showing up on this plan? Sure, you can go in and hide each tag that you do not want to see, but that takes a lot of time. Instead, select your wall section, then go to ‘Hide at Scales Coarser Than’ under properties and change the scale. Think of this as ‘Hide at Scales SMALLER than’ – this pull down tells Revit not to display this tag on any views that are set to a scale that will print smaller than the scale you pick here. If you set ‘Hide at Scales Coarser Than’ to 1/8″=1′-0″, then this tag will be visible on your 1/8″=1′-0″ scale views, but will automatically be hidden on your 1/16″=1′-0″, 3/32=1′-0″, etc. views.
If you have a section/elevation mark that should be showing up on a small-scale view, but it’s missing even when you use the light bulb, find the view in your project browser and double check this setting. It may accidentally be set to a large scale, which basically hides it everywhere.
Check back soon for more tips and tricks!