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Hiding and isolating objects in a model

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Hiding and isolating objects in a model

As your models become more complex, it can be difficult to see and edit certain elements from time to time. In a previous movie, we saw that we can use visibility graphic overrides to hide elements at the category level. Sometimes, however, you simply need to hide elements temporarily, or you want to hide individual particular elements in a certain view. So in this movie we're going to look at two ways that we can hide stuff: we can hide things using the temporary Hide command or we can hide things in a more permanent fashion, but we can do them object by object. So again, in our exploration of visibility settings, moving our way from the most global down to the most specific, we're starting to now hone in on things that are much more specifically focused on very particular situations.

Hiding and isolating objects in a model

As your models become more complex, it can be difficult to see and edit certain elements from time to time. In a previous movie, we saw that we can use visibility graphic overrides to hide elements at the category level. Sometimes, however, you simply need to hide elements temporarily, or you want to hide individual particular elements in a certain view. So in this movie we're going to look at two ways that we can hide stuff: we can hide things using the temporary Hide command or we can hide things in a more permanent fashion, but we can do them object by object. So again, in our exploration of visibility settings, moving our way from the most global down to the most specific, we're starting to now hone in on things that are much more specifically focused on very particular situations.

So I'm in a view here called Hide Isolate, and I'm going to start with the temporary Hide Isolate command. Let's say that I want to do some work down in the foundation level. You can see that if I move my mouse around here, I can get those walls to highlight, but it's going to be a little difficult to work on them because I've got this big site plan in the way. This is a great job for the Temporary Hide command. All I have to do is select this object--and of course the entire object selects because it's a linked Revit model--and down here on the View control bar there is this little icon that looks like sunglasses.

We have actually looked at this in a few other movies. And there are several options here. I can hide just the element I have selected and it will do just that. In this case, it will hide the linked file. Or I can actually hide the category, and I could show you an example of that in just a moment. But let's do the Hide Element first, and what you'll see is the object disappears. You get this cyan-colored border around your screen, and it tells you that you're in temporary Hide Isolate mode. This is a temporary mode, meaning that if you close the file right now and reopen it, it will reset all the temporary Hide Isolate.

If you were to print out this view or any other view, the effect would not be applied; it would restore any hidden elements. So the intention of this mode is simply for you to be able to go in here; get a better look at the geometry that you want to work on so that you can select it, make your modifications; and then when you're done you choose reset Temporary Hide Isolate and the objects come back. Let me just show you a couple of other quick examples using the other options on that menu. Here is a column right here. If I select it and I go to Hide Element, it only hides the one column.

Let me undo that. If I use the Hide Category instead then it does exactly that: it hides the entire category. But again, this is a temporary hide that I've just done. It only applies in the current work session. Let's go to the sunglasses and reset that. Isolate is the opposite. So if I had the same column selected and I use either Isolate Element or Isolate Category-- let's do Isolate Category-- it hides everything that's not a column.

So whatever you have selected is the only thing that displays, and everything else gets hidden. And again, it's a temporary. So let's reset that. So those are temporary Hide Isolate modes. You can do that when you just need to get a better look. And you'll actually find yourself using that quite a bit. Sometimes something is just in the way and you just need to get some work done. So I'm going to come over to the project browser and I'm going to go to the Level 21 Floor Plan--open that up--and let me show you an example where you might want to hide something individually, but you want to do it on a permanent basis instead of a temporary basis. You see how I have several section lines on the screen.

We could use the Visibility Graphics command that we looked at in a previous movie and we could hide the section lines if we wanted to. Easy enough to do. The trouble is they'll all be hidden. Well, I've got this one section line here at the front of the building that I was using just to draw my curtain wall, and I don't want that to be there in my drawings kind of cluttering things up, or I certainly don't want it to be printed. So I want to hide that, but I don't want to hide the others. So this is an example where if you have an individual object like this section line that just for whatever reason needs to be hidden in this view, you can hide just it. And unlike the temporary hide, this will be a permanent hide.

So you select the object, and up here on the Modify tab there is little light bulb icon. And if I choose Hide Category, that's just another way to get to VG. So instead of going to VG and unchecking the box, this will do it for me. And if I chose that, you can see all the section lines go away. So let me undo that. What I'm going to do instead is go to the light bulb and say I want to hide just this element. Now that element will disappear and all the other sections remain. Let me show you another example. Here is a foundation plan. Now I'm looking at this. It looks OK, but I see that there this is little thing here in the middle. I'm not quite sure what that is.

Let me zoom in just a touch here. What is that? How did that get there? Well, you know, if I investigate further, I find out that that is actually this opening object here in the break room, and for whatever reason, based on some other settings or what have you, it's showing here in the foundation plan. Now I have a few ways I could deal with that. I could go investigate that family and try and figure out why it's showing, or look at some other settings, but sometimes it's easier to just say that doesn't need to be here in the foundation plan view, so I'm simply going to hide it.

So I go to the Hide Element again, choose that, and just like that, it disappears, and it didn't take a lot of effort to do that. Now in either case, the only potential danger here is, how do you know something is hidden? How do I get it back if I wanted to get it back again, if for whatever reason I want to get that opening back? Or let's say that I changed my mind here on Level 1 and I decided that I want to print that section after all. So down here on the view control bar, right next to the sunglasses, is this little tiny light bulb, and this is Reveal Hidden Elements.

I'm going to click that. And instead of the cyan border this time I get a reddish-color border. It says Reveal Hidden Elements, and anything that's previously been hidden will display here in that same reddish color. I can select it, and up here on the ribbon I could say I want to unhide that element. And then using either this button here or the light bulb again, I can turn off the Reveal mode, and the object comes back. So in both cases when you do the permanent hide, it's exactly that; it's a permanent hide. The object stays hidden until you go to Reveal mode and bring it back again.

It won't print and if you close the project, it'll come back again. Contrast that to any of the ones on the sunglasses pop-up. Those are all temporary. They only apply in the current work session. You typically use those when you just want to get something out of the way so that you can get some work done and then you'll turn them back on again.

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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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