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Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

From: Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

Video: Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

In this lesson, we will look at two very important parts of the Revit user interface. The Ribbon is the primary interface for most commands and functions. It appears as a series of tabs across the top of the screen. Above it, on the left-hand side, is the QAT, or the Quick Access Toolbar, which provides shortcut icons to the most frequently used commands. In this lesson, we will look at the basics of interacting with these two important parts of the Revit UI, so let's start with the Ribbon. Ribbons are organized in panels. Panels are groupings of different buttons, and they have titles at the bottom and usually are separated by these vertical bars.

Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

In this lesson, we will look at two very important parts of the Revit user interface. The Ribbon is the primary interface for most commands and functions. It appears as a series of tabs across the top of the screen. Above it, on the left-hand side, is the QAT, or the Quick Access Toolbar, which provides shortcut icons to the most frequently used commands. In this lesson, we will look at the basics of interacting with these two important parts of the Revit UI, so let's start with the Ribbon. Ribbons are organized in panels. Panels are groupings of different buttons, and they have titles at the bottom and usually are separated by these vertical bars.

Each panel contains a series of buttons. The simplest form of a button is the basic push button. So our Door command, our Window command, these are very simple commands where they just do one thing: You click on them, and they run that tool. So those are referred to as just simply buttons. The next kind of command that we have, or the next kind of button we have, is called the dropdown button. So over here on the Model panel, we have our Model Group button, and if we click on that, it actually expands to reveal a small menu. So these are dropdown buttons. Beneath that menu, you'll have several different options.

The third kind of button actually combines the previous two. So if we look at our Wall tool, as a good example, we will see that the top half of the button actually is just like the Door or the Window tool, where you simply click on it, and you get that function. The bottom half is a dropdown button and reveals several other Wall-related tools. So you could see that across the Ribbon here there are actually several examples of the Split button that we have available to us. Most of the ones that we see here on this screen are organized vertically, where we are split with the default at the top and the dropdown at the bottom.

If I go over here to the Modify, in some cases you'll find a horizontally- oriented split button. So in this case, the default command, Cut, would appear on the left, and on the right, we would have our small dropdown, and that would reveal a few choices in the dropdown button on the right. Let's look at one other aspect of the Ribbon. If I click over here on the Annotate tab, we can see two unique Ribbon functions: the expandable Ribbon panel and the Dialogue Launcher. Let's take a look at the expandable panel first.

The expandable panel highlights when you put your mouse over it and when you click on this small little dropdown arrow, it reveals a variety of hidden buttons that were maybe not as frequently used, so they were sort of stashed away under this little expanded panel. But otherwise, each of these buttons functions the same as any of the others would. The Dialogue Launcher is just another form of button. It's basically a push button, but it appears right on the panel itself, and it usually has something to do with that panel's topic. So in this case, the panel was a Text panel, and when I click the Dialogue Launcher it actually launches the Text Properties window.

In this window, we could go ahead and make any changes we wanted to the properties of text. So I am going to go ahead and cancel out of there. The QAT, or the Quick Access Toolbar, sits above the Ribbon by default, and we can see it here, across the top of the screen. It has many of your default commands, like Open and Save and Undo and Redo. Now way over on the right-hand side of the QAT, there is a small dropdown menu, and this allows us ways to customize the QAT. So, for example, one of the simplest ways to customize is just to simply add another command to it.

In this case, I will choose the New command, right there off the top the list, and that adds the new icon over at the left-hand side of the Ribbon. Now if I would prefer to change the order of how the tools appear on the Ribbon, or add separators, or any other customizations, I can go all the way down to the bottom of this dropdown and choose the Customize Quick Access Toolbar command. So I can select commands, I can move them up and down on the list, I can add and remove separators, and I can even remove commands from the list altogether. At the very bottom of the dialog, we have this Show Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon command.

You will want to consider doing this if you add lots of commands to your Quick Access Toolbar, and you begin to run out of room at the top of your screen. When you click OK, you will see that this moves the QAT down below the Ribbon and gives you a little bit more space for adding commands. Another way you can add commands to the QAT is any command on the Ribbon you can right-click, and you will get an option that says Add to the Quick Access Toolbar. So if I wanted to add the Spelling command to my Quick Access Toolbar, it's as simple as choosing it there off the list. Now what I am going to is go ahead and go back to Customize, and I am going to just remove that command from my QAT, I am going to go ahead and remove the New command, and I am going to put it back above the Ribbon to kind of reset us back to where we started from.

Feel free to customize the QAT on your own screens, but for now I'll go ahead and leave it set to the Autodesk default. So most of the tasks you perform in Revit will begin on either the Ribbon or the QAT. These tools are intuitive and easy to use. Make sure you take a little bit of time to understand their functions and the nuances of their behavior to start your Revit learning experience off on the right foot.

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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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