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Your Revit project is a complete virtual building model that can be viewed, edited, and explored 3-dimensionally, 2- dimensionally and in various reports and tabular lists. Each such representation of your project is referred to in Revit as a view. Views are listed and accessed in the Project Browser. This functions like a table of contents for your project in much the same way as a table of contents for a book tells you what the book contains, the Project Browser will tell you what views are contained in your project. And you'll use it to navigate to those various views.
So I'm in a file here called Condo, if you would like to follow along, and we want to look over here at the Project Browser. The Project Browser palette is typically located over on the left-hand corner of the screen, now it can be moved or relocated, it can even be closed, but I certainly don't recommend doing that. Let's start by what could happen if the Project Browser, or in fact the Properties palette that we talked about in the previous movie, what happens if one of those accidentally gets closed? So I'm going to select right here and I'm going to click the Close button and let's say that was accidental. So how do I get it back? Well, if you go to the View tab on the ribbon, and you look way over here on the right-hand side, there's a item called User Interface, open that up and all of the parts and pieces of the User Interface that are optional, if you will, have check boxes here, here is the Project Browser and I can just simply check that box to restore it to its original location.
So if it ever goes missing on you, that's how you can find it and get it back again. The first item in the Project Browser is at the very top, it says Views and then in parenthesis, it says all. That's just simply saying that we are now saying all of the views that are contained in this project. And the default all grouping is divided into typical drawing types, so you are going to see a Floor Plans category, you're going to see Ceiling Plans category, 3D Views, Elevations, Sections, and so on. Now beneath that you have also got other major groupings like Legends, and Schedules, and Sheets; we will talk about some of those in future movies. Okay, we'll look at some of them here.
So I'm looking at a 3D view right now, perhaps I'd like to see a floor plan of this project and maybe I'm interested in the second floor plan. So you can see here beneath the Floor Plans, that each of the levels is listed here, each of its Floor Plan views, and there's Level 2. I'll just simply double-click on that and that will open up that floor plan on screen. It's a pretty typical looking floor plan. And what you'll see is, in addition to the view opening here, the Project Browser will show me Level 2 is now in bold, and that is how we can tell that that is currently the active view.
Now if you don't have anything selected, you may recall in the previous movie that it will also show you on the Properties palette that I'm looking at Floor Plan Level 2, so that's another confirmation that I'm in that view. Now if I want to try some other views, I could open up maybe a Ceiling Plan or I could take a look at one of the Elevations, South elevation in this case, or even one of the Section views. And each time I open up one of these views, again it will be confirmed for me in bold there on the Project Browser.
Now there's other ways that you can access views as well. Notice that this section indicator occurs right here, and if I hover over it says that that's Views: Section: Section 2. Now if look here on the Project Browser, we're currently in Section 1 but there is this second view here called Section 2. So this section head right here actually points to the section to view. Now there's a few ways I could get to that directly from this symbol, I could either right-click on it and choose Go to View, or notice the color here is a dark blue color. That dark blue color usually indicates for you that the view is interactive or that that item on screen is interactive in some way.
And if I just simply double-click it, it's kind like a hyperlink in a web page, and it will open up that view and notice over here now Section 2 is bold and active. Now you may notice that that blue color occurs here on the section head and also on these level heads over here. If I zoom in slightly, that's Level 3, Level 2. So if I double-click that, it will return me back to my Level 2 floor plan. There's a few different ways you can switch from one view to the other, but the Project Browser is always perhaps one of your more convenient ways to do that.
Now new here in 2013, in the current release, we can right-click any node on the Project Browser and we can perform a Search. This particular project only has a handful of views so there's probably not too much trouble in finding the view that I'm looking for. But if you're working for a large firm that does large projects in Revit, you might find yourself in a project that has dozens if not hundreds of views, and so this Search functionality is going to be really helpful. And I could start putting in a name here like section, and click Next, and it will go to the Sections category and then it will go to Section 1 and then Section 2, that will help me find the particular view that I'm looking for.
Okay, so that's a nice new feature that's been added here in the current release. So our Project Browser gives us access to all of the various views that are in a project. It's really helpful if you just think of it as the table of contents of your project. You use the table of contents to find the item you are looking for and then you go to that location. You can do the same thing with the browser, find the view that you want to work on, double-click it and open it up to perform whatever action you need to perform.
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