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Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu

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Video: Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu

One of the first things we need to do is learn how to access files. The Recent Files screen greets you when you first launch Revit, like I see here. This screen gives you quick access to up to four of the most recent opened projects and/or family files. You will also find quick links to open projects that aren't listed. create new projects, open and create family files, and even view help files and videos. When you are not viewing the Recent Files screen, you will use the Application menu for such functions. The Application menu is accessed from the big R button at the top left-hand corner of the screen. This menu is very similar to the one you would find in Microsoft Office, or the Windows start button.

Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu

One of the first things we need to do is learn how to access files. The Recent Files screen greets you when you first launch Revit, like I see here. This screen gives you quick access to up to four of the most recent opened projects and/or family files. You will also find quick links to open projects that aren't listed. create new projects, open and create family files, and even view help files and videos. When you are not viewing the Recent Files screen, you will use the Application menu for such functions. The Application menu is accessed from the big R button at the top left-hand corner of the screen. This menu is very similar to the one you would find in Microsoft Office, or the Windows start button.

And you use this menu to access your typical file management input and output commands throughout the software. So I am looking at the recent files screen, and we can see the three areas that I have just mentioned. We can open projects from here, we can create projects from here, and if the project you want to open is already listed on the list, you just simply click the big icon for it here. The same true with families. If you want to open a family, you would click here. You want to create a family, you would click here, or you just click from one of the most recent ones that you would have here or here. Finally, if want view the help file, you can do What's New here, the general Help file here, or there are even some useful little videos that Autodesk provides that you could access from right here.

So let's just go ahead and just open up the basic sample project that comes with the software. Again, if you have installed the default Revit Architecture, you should have this project available to you. It opens up onscreen with the most recently viewed view accessible, in this case a 3D view. Now if I am already in the software and I want to open up files, I can just simply go to the Application menu, and I would locate the Open command here. So I could open existing projects here, open existing families here, and there's a variety of other formats that are listed, as well.

If I want to create a new file, I would find that here, and again that it would be a new Project file or Family file. Now family is like an item that you would place in your Project file. So maybe a piece of equipment or piece of furniture, and we will talk about this later in the training series. We will have a whole chapter on working with and creating families. Now one last area that we want to look out in Application menu is up here at the very top, there are these two small icons: We have one here called Recent Documents and another one next to called Open Documents. Now at the moment if I were to click on Open documents, I would just see the one file.

This is this is the basic sample file that I have opened. If I click on Recent Documents, this is another way that we can access all of the recently opened Project and Family files that we've had available. In this case, I just have two choices listed. Now if there is a project that I am working on now and for the next several weeks, and I don't want it to scroll of the list, I have this really handy little pushpin feature right here. I can simply click on this little pushpin, and regardless of how many files begin to appear in this list and in what order they are appear in, this slot will be reserved for this file, and I will always to able to find quick access to it right here, by just going to the Application menu and opening it.

So, the Recent File screen and the Application menu both provide us quick access to our most recently used projects and our most recently used families in the Revit software. We can use recent files to get started when we first launch Revit, and we can use our Application menu any other time to open files, close files, or create new files. We can even use the Application menu to generate output and export, and we will talk about those in some of the later movies.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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