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There's more than one approach to adding sheets. You can wait until you have several views drawn and then add the sheets as you need them, perhaps in preparation for a printing deadline that you have, or you can pre-plan and set up a sheet index ahead of time and build a series of empty sheets that are ready to receive views as they become available. Or you could really do any combination of those things. So in this movie I would like to look at the Placeholder Sheets feature. This is a feature that allows us to build a bunch of stand-in sheets, pre-number them, pre-name them, and get them ready to go so that when folks on the project team are ready to add sheets, they can just choose one of the placeholders, and it saves them a few steps.
So I'm in a file called Placeholder Sheets, and I am looking at a Sheet List. Now, in the previous movie we talked about how to create a sheet list, so you can look there if you want to get the specific steps. But a sheet list is nothing more than a schedule that lists out your sheets, and as you can see, it's empty. And the reason it's empty is, if I scroll down here on the Project Browser, this particular project does not have any sheets yet. Now, you don't have to have an empty list of sheets to use the Placeholder feature. I just happened to be in a project that doesn't have any.
Now if you look up here on the ribbon, there is a Rows panel and a New button on there, and what you can do here is click that button and it will create for you your first sheet. And it's suggesting the name A101 and the name Unnamed. So I'm going to take that name and just type over it and write Floor Plans. Then I'm going to click New again. So we have A102 and I can also type Floor Plans, or like other schedules I can choose off the list here.
And I need a couple of floor plan sheets. I might want a Ceiling Plan sheet. Maybe I want some elevation or section sheets, so I'm going to do A201. And this is going to be Elevations. 2O2 is also Elevations. Another new one. This will be A301 Building Sections, and I could continue going from here.
You can add several sheets ahead of time on this list and then when the team is ready to begin adding sheets, you can add them in the standard way, either by right-clicking the sheets node on the Project Browser or the sheet list actually has a new sheet button right here, so I can click that. And if you saw the previous movie where we added the sheets one at a time, here, using the Placeholder feature, I can actually choose them off the list, and I can even use my Shift key to select multiple sheets, and I can create a whole batch of sheets in one step.
So I'm going to make sure that I have my title block selected here. I'm going to select the entire collection that I just created. Click OK. And if you expand your sheet branch now, you'll see all of those sheets have been created. I'm looking at my floor plan sheet, and all that remains is for me to add a view to the sheet and repeat the steps with the next several sheets. Go to the Project Browser, open up the next sheet, add the view, and so on.
Now, let me go back here to the Floor Plan sheet for a moment, and I'm going to zoom in just a little bit. And a very common thing is that when you are creating sheets you might notice something in the sheet that's a little bit off. And in this case I might look and I notice those room separation lines that are still appearing on my sheet in that orange color, and I might go oh, I didn't really want those to print. It's important to understand that in Revit if it's onscreen, it prints. There's very few exceptions to that. So in general, if you see it, it's going to print out, so that means if I don't want those orange lines to print, I've got to hide them.
Now I could go back to the Floor Plan view to do that, or it turns out you can just right-click directly on the viewport, and I can say Activate View right here on this menu. Now I can reach in and touch the geometry in this file, and I'm going to select one of those room separation lines. Up here on the ribbon, I'm going to click the Hide in View dropdown, and I am going to choose Hide by Category.
When I do that, you'll see all of the room separation lines disappear. Then all I have to do is right-click and choose Deactivate View, and I'm right back to working on my sheet. So it's a really quick and easy way to jump in there and make a quick adjustment if you realize something isn't quite right. So using Placeholder sheets are a great way for you to build a list ahead of time that's already properly named and numbered and ready to go, and then when your team is ready to add their sheets, they can simply choose one of the placeholder sheets off the list or they can even create sheets from the entire list all in one step.
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