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Context ribbon tabs appear on the ribbon as you create and modify elements in Revit. In this movie, we will look at how to identify a context ribbon, when it will appear and the sorts of commands that you can expect to find in it. In addition to context ribbon tabs, the Options bar gives us feedbacks to options and commands as you execute them, so we'll also take a look at this critical interface feature as well. So I'm here in a file called Condo and it's available with the exercise files. If you watched the previous movie, we talked there about the ribbons and the QAT, and as you can see, my screen has a similar set of ribbon tabs across the top.
The ribbon tab I want to focus on in this movie is the Modify tab, so I'm going to move up here and I'm going to click on it, and I want you to take a quick look at which panels are available here on the Modify tab to start off with. You could see on the far left, we've got our Properties and our Clipboard, and all the way over toward the right we have Measure and Create, and so on. A context ribbon tacks itself on to the end of the Modify ribbon tab. So if I select an object on screen like maybe this roof object right here, you will see that the word Modify changes to include the word Roofs at the end.
It tints in this greenish color, the entire ribbon tab gets this sort of greenish tint to it, and there is a new panel that appears here, in this case containing only a single button, Edit Footprint in this particular case. Now if I select something else, like this object, you can see that, that is a Model Group and so now I get Modify and then Model Groups, and I get a Group panel and it has several buttons and commands available. If I select a railing, you'll see a similar behavior, if I select this ground plane here, this is called Topography, we'll get a similar set of commands, and so on; windows, doors, each one will give us different context buttons, but you'll notice that the entire left-hand portion of the ribbon tab remains the same.
So we still have Properties and Clipboard and Measure, and so on, it's just the stuff at the right that changes. That's what we mean by a context ribbon tab. Now I'm showing you here in the case where you select an existing object. There is another place where context ribbon tabs will appear, and that's when you create objects. So I'm going to go to the Architecture tab and I'm going to click on the Wall tool, and notice that that actually takes me over to the Modify tab, and now instead of saying Modify Wall, it says Modify Place Wall, and all the rest of it still behaves the same way that I showed you a moment ago.
The left-hand side of the ribbon tab is still the same, but all the tools on the right-hand side now are tools that we can use to help us draw new walls. If I cancel that command, maybe choose a Door command, the same sort of thing occurs, I now get a Modify Place Door. So these are also considered context ribbon tabs. Now the other items that's context sensitive that you want to be paying equal attention to is the Options bar, so right below the ribbon we have the Options bar, and you could see right now that it's completely empty. It's just a big blank gray space.
If I run a command like the Wall command, you're going to see that Options bar will populate with several options that we can choose from, in this case we could change the level of the wall or the height of the wall or the location line. I'm going to cancel that command, choose the Door command and you'll see that the Options bar in this case simply says Modify Place Door, but there is no specific options. So you don't always get options that occur there, but you want to be looking just the same. If I choose a Component command, you'll see Rotate after placement and the Level option, so it really does depend on the command, not only if you will see any options occur there, but what those specific options will be.
Now in some cases when you select an object, you'll also get commands that appear on the Options bar. Now often, it will just be the single button, Activate Dimensions, which we'll look at in a future movie, but in some cases, you'll actually see more detailed options there as well. So the point is, is that there are several places on the Revit screen and in the interface, that you want to be paying attention to as you work, because that's the feedback mechanism that Revit is using to let you know what's going on at any given time. So when you execute a command or when you select an object and you want to know what to do next, then some of the most important places to be looking are the context ribbons or the Options bar, because those are two very common places where you'll get that kind of feedback.
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