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Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu

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The Recent Files screen greets you when you first launch Revit. The screen gives you quick access to the most recently- used project and family files, you'll also find quick links to various resources, mostly online resources that maybe of interest to you, like the user community and what's new and things like that. So let's take a look. Here is our Recent Files screen as it appears in Revit Architecture. I've got my Projects area at the top and my Families area beneath that. The last four projects that you had open are shown there with icons, up to the last four, because as you can see here with the Family area I haven't opened any families yet, so I only see two items there.

Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu

The Recent Files screen greets you when you first launch Revit. The screen gives you quick access to the most recently- used project and family files, you'll also find quick links to various resources, mostly online resources that maybe of interest to you, like the user community and what's new and things like that. So let's take a look. Here is our Recent Files screen as it appears in Revit Architecture. I've got my Projects area at the top and my Families area beneath that. The last four projects that you had open are shown there with icons, up to the last four, because as you can see here with the Family area I haven't opened any families yet, so I only see two items there.

Now what you see on your screen may vary slightly because naturally you might have opened different files than I have, so the specific items that are listed here aren't that important, it's just simply that it's a quick way for you to get to that file again. So if I was working on this project yesterday, and I want to reopen it again today, all I have to do is click this icon and it will launch that file for me. Now if that's not the file that I want to work on I have some options over here. I can click the Open link and that would take me to a browse window, and I can go out and locate the project that I want to open. I'm going to cancel that.

I can click this New link here and that will create a new project just based on the default template whatever that happens to be, okay, and that's a setting that we can actually change, or I've got a few other template choices that are listed here which also may vary on one installation of Revit to the next, so what you see specifically listed here on your screen might vary slightly. Now the other way that we can access all of these similar commands New and Open and Save is using the application menu, so I'd like to show you that now, but before I do I'm going to just create using this Architectural Template link just to create a blank file to have as a backdrop. The reason for that is, as you'll notice, many of the interface items are not actually loaded until you have a project loaded.

So what I have loaded in the background is not really important, but I want to focus on the application menu here, and I just needed to have something open in the background in order to do that. Now the application menu can best be described as essentially the file menu for Revit. You have things like New and Open and Save, your typical commands that you would expect to find in a File menu, we have Print and of course Close, all of the sort of standard commands for file management. Now the way these work is if I just simply click the item, like the New item, I'll actually get a second project that will load up. I'm currently in project one, but if I were to just click right on New, it would create project two.

If I hover over New you can see that it loads up a menu over here in the side of the application menu and gives me some options, so I could create either a new project, or a new family, or a new conceptual mass, so if you want to create one of these other types of files then that's the way you do it, you just simply pause your mouse first over the new item and then that will make the others appear. Let me show you that with the Open item. If I pause over Open, now I can either open Projects or Families or Building Components, and so on.

Now a command like Save doesn't have any sub-options, so it's just simply a command you would click. Save As does have options so it's got the little arrow over here, and again, you pause over it and you'll see the different options that are available. In some cases like this Library option there is a further flyout here, this tiny little triangle here is showing me that, and I could save as a Family, a Group or a View. So there are various options that become evident as you hover over each one of these little things. Now if I collapse all of that and take my mouse off of any of those commands, at the very top here you see two small icons, one that's labeled Recent Documents and another one that's labeled Open Documents.

Now Recent Documents is listing the two files that I've previously opened in the last chapter. Yours may vary depending on how many previous Revit files you've had opened. The list can hold several items here, there's plenty of room, and if there is an item that you want to keep on the list permanently, we have this little pushpin future over here. So the way this works is if you just simply click this little icon right there, that will pin that item to the list, and then as this list grows, what normally happens is the items that you've opened most recently stay on the list and the ones you opened long ago will eventually scroll off the list when you run out of room down here at the bottom.

If you click the pushpin that item will stay on the list, it will maintain its spot and stay on the list and other items will scroll past it. So if there is a project that you want to make sure that you always have a quick access to, that's a great way to do it. If you switch to this icon, this just shows you what you currently have open, and you could see at the moment all I have open is Project1. If I opened another project, like the Hierarchy file from the previous chapter, and then opened this up, you can see that now lists both items here on the list.

So as you open additional files they will just simply appear there on the list. So the recent files screen and the application menu both provide quick and easy access to your most recently used project and families in Revit. Use recent files to get started when you first launch Revit, and you can use the application menu anytime to open and close files or create new files and generate output as you're working in the software.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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