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A essential tool for floor planning is the Align tool. Use the Align tool to align one or more elements with the selected element. This tool is generally used to align such things as walls, beams, maybe other lines, and you can even use it on doors and windows. Elements that you can align can be of the same type, or they can be of different kinds of families. Such as lining up doors and other interior walls. You can also align elements not only in plan view, but also in 3D view and in elevation view as well.
Let's take a look at how to use that tool. First of all, let's zoom in on this building here. And you'll note that there's a couple things that definitely need alignment. Notice here this wall, should be really kind of centered on grid line C. And there's a reference plane here that suggests that this wall should probably be in alignment with this reference plane. So let's take a look at how the Align tool can be used. So let's go up to the tabs and click on the Modify tab.
And on the Modify tab, under the Modify panel, you'll find an icon called Align. Now you might start thinking about using some shortcut keys. because a l is the shortcut key for using Align. Now the process of using this tool is you click on it, and then you select the baseline that you want to work off of first. And then you pick the element that you want it to align to. So in this case, I want this wall to line up with this reference plane.
So I'm going to pick the reference plane first. Then I'm going to take the midpoint of the wall here and click on that, and you'll see that it snaps right into play there. Here's the reference plane. I'll do the same thing with this one. I'll click, and take the mid-line for this wall and bring it up, and you'll see that it works with that. Now there's some other alignments that I can do. I have, basically, a doorway and a wall here. And another doorway and a wall here.
Maybe I'd like these walls to line up. So, I can go ahead and do that. I will pick up basically this center line, and this center line. And you'll notice that it came directly in to play. I can also do door elements. Here I have a door that's in the hallway, and this one is not. So I'll come up and pick the top edge of the door frame here. And I'll then come over and do the same thing with this one.
And it will now put both of those doors in alignment. Now one thing that I can do is I can lock this alignment together. So if I try to move these doors in any way, the other door will move along with it. I'm going to go ahead and click Modify. When you use the Align command, there's also a couple other things that you should be aware of. There is a Options Bar here, where you can do multiple alignments.
And then you can also set up your preferences as far as how you want your alignments to occur. Now we were using wall center lines but you notice you can do faces, and core, and things of that nature. By default it's set to wall center line. Now the other thing that happens, I'm going to hit Modify, is you might notice that there's some windows here, in this wall. And we might want to check to make sure that all those windows are in alignment. So going over to the Section tag, I'm going to click on the top portion of the tag, which brings me right into the Elevation.
And you'll notice that the windows are not at all where they should be. Probably this guy looks best because when you click on him, temporary dimensions shows maybe two feet from the bottom, so these two fellas have to be brought into alignment. So we'll pick the Align command again, and I'll pick my base window, which is going to be the top of this window. And I'll bring him in right in play. And I'll also hit Modify, bring that in again, and pick this, and do it that way.
So now you see that you have all three windows in alignment. A line is essential tool for floor planning. You can use this tool to align one or more elements, within any other selected element. And you can use it for aligning other doors, windows and even reference planes. And it works pretty good for both floor plans and elevation views.
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