Whether you're new to Revit or a seasoned Revit designer, there are always ways to improve the efficiency of your workflow. Here are ten of our favorite Revit tips and tricks from industry professionals to working smarter, not harder.
1. When Setting Levels, use Pick Lines and Offset. These will make setting levels easier since you will not have to pick a start point, drag or type a distance, pick an end point or maybe adjust an elevation marker. Once you set offset, it's just a matter of one click and your level is set.
2. When you need to Copy Multiple Items to Multiple Levels you can easily get this done by highlighting the items, clicking the Copy to Clip Board button, then under the Paste Drop-Down select “Aligned to Selected Levels”, then select the levels you want to copy to.
3. You can Have Multiple Views Open While Working On a Project. This can help reduce all the bouncing back and forth between different windows. Click the View Tab and then Windows Panel where you can cascade or tile your windows. As you work in one view, you'll notice any updates and changes will be reflected automatically in all other views.
4. If you are working on floor plans and Some Items Aren't Displayed or maybe you Need to See Less, you can adjust your view range in the Properties Window. In Properties Window, under Extents, click on View Range. There you can adjust the cut plane of the floor plan to any elevation within that level. You can also adjust your view depth to see the floor or floors below the current view.
5. When Making a Cross-Sectional View of a 3D Model, you adjust the view depth by clicking on the Thin Section Line and adjusting the length and width of the blue dashed line by clicking and dragging the drag icons.
6. You can Space Column Grids Very Quickly using the same pick lines and offset method from Tip 1 above.
7. When working in your project and you notice Lines Are Displayed Very Thick, you may just need to type "TL" on your keyboard to thin the lines. This is a quick way to switch lines weights, if you are clicking and dragging items together. Sometimes thinner lines make it easier to accomplish.
8. If you need to Select Multiple Items that Are the Same Family Type, instead of clicking every individual piece, you can select one, right click, and select All Instances (either in that view or the entire project). This can make selecting multiple similar items easier and faster than clicking multiple things.
9. When working with a Project that Has a Lot of Symmetry to It, you can use the Mirror Pick Axis or the Mirror Draw Axis to copy a mirror image of an element. If you use Pick Axis, Revit will highlight lines and even mid points to help mirror elements. If you use Draw Axis, you have the ability to draw in the axis line yourself instead of selecting one.
10. When working in Revit you are Constantly Needing to Reference the Properties Window and Project Browser. You can adjust the UI and how these two windows are displayed by either 1) clicking on the View Tab, then the User Interface drop-down in the Windows Panel and selecting which of the two can be displayed or 2) if they are already displayed you can adjust their placement on the UI by clicking and dragging the gray bar titled Properties or Project Browser to a desired position on the screen.
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