Panel menu bars are similar to toolbars in Bluebeam Revu 2018. In this video, Jim demonstrates their use and how to find and customize them. Taking these steps can help you become more productive by making Bluebeam work the way you work.
- [Instructor] In this week's episode of Bluebeam tips and tricks I'm gonna talk about accessing the functions in Bluebeam that are found in those sliding panels that open and close on the sides and bottom of the screen. For example, if you've used Bluebeam Revu for any length of time you're probably familiar with opening and viewing the markup list. That's an example of a function that's found in a panel in Bluebeam. In Bluebeam Revu 2018 and later, the way that you open that panel is by taking your cursor down here to the lower-left corner of the screen, and when I hover over this icon you'll see it says markups.
When I click on it you'll see that panel slides open across the bottom of the screen, and I can view my markup list. Another example would be viewing the thumbnails that represent the thumbnail views of the pages in this particular set of documents. If I click on thumbnails over here on the left side of the screen, that panel slides open on the left and I have a thumbnail view that I can click through to find the different sheets in my drawing set. And you notice as I open each of these panels my actual screen real estate sort of shrinks.
So the viewing area for the drawing that I'm working on becomes a lot smaller. I wanna close these panels up and regain that screen real estate I can just go through and click on each one of the icons that represents the panel that's open, or I can go here to the window menu across the top of the screen. Click and scroll down through the drop down menu and I can click on hide panels to close them all at once. Now you'll notice that next to hide panels it says shift F4 that happens to be the keyboard shortcut to close all the open panels on your screen.
So shift F4 is not a bad one to remember. Now since we're already here I'm just gonna click on hide panels. You'll see they all close and I get my screen area back to view my drawing. Now while we're talking about screen real estate and that Window menu tab across the top of the screen it contains two more features to get you a little more space to view your drawings. Let's go ahead and click on Window and look at that drop-down menu again. I've got a couple options one of them is I can auto-hide the panel access bars.
So if I click that you'll notice that the bar on the left side of the screen and the one where I clicked to view my markup list on the bottom of the screen, those disappeared they went into auto-hide mode. To get them back all I have to do is move my cursor to the left side of the screen, and I can see all those icons again and open those panels up Click again to close and when I move my cursor away from that edge of the screen it slides closed just gives me a little more viewing space.
I can do the same thing by auto-hiding these tabs that are open on the top of the screen. These tabs are what allow me to quickly navigate through all of the drawing sets that I have open in Bluebeam, and I can hide those by clicking on Window and then auto-hide tabs. Again you'll see that panel slide shut, and I get a little more screen real estate. If I wanna view those tabs all I have to do is take the cursor and hover there for a second and they will reappear so that I can select from them and click through my different drawing sets.
Let's go ahead and go back to Window and un-hide the panel access bars. In some other episodes of Bluebeam tips and tricks I talked about customizing the markup toolbars that I happen to have located over here on the right side of the screen, and you can customize the panel bars in much the same way as these toolbars. The process is a little bit different though it's actually fairly easy. You can do it in one of two ways.
You can either just click and drag these icons to another area of the screen. So for example I can take this studio panel icon. I can left click it and hold that mouse button down and drag it to the other side of the screen. When I release the mouse button I've now docked that panel access to the right side of the screen instead of the left. Where I can open and close that panel whenever I want. Now I happen to like all of the panels located on the left side of the screen so I can either drag this back, or I can right click on it, get this menu bar, hover over attach, and I can choose to attach it to the left, right, or the bottom sides of the screen.
And in this case I just wanna move it back to the left side of the screen. I like all of my panel access here. Another way you can customize these panel access bars is just by changing the order. So if I wanna move the studio icon up here to the top I can just take and click and drag it and release it wherever I want it on this particular bar. I can also select any of these icons and hide them. So for instance I don't use the flag panel very often.
So I'm gonna go ahead and right click on it, and I'm just gonna click on hide. And when I do that you can see that it basically goes away. Right now we have the signature panel open, let's click once to close it. But you'll see that flag icon has gone away. If I want it back I'm just gonna hover over this bar, and right click on it and then select show, and there I get a list of all of my icons. The blue ones are currently showing, the ones that are not blue are the ones that I've hidden.
So if I want this back I'm just gonna click once to get it back. And if I wanna move it I'm just gonna click and hold, and drag it back to where it used to be located. So that's how easy it is to customize these panel access bars and again move things to the left, right, or bottom of the screen. In another episode I'll talk about detaching these panels. So that you can maybe move them to a second screen if you happen to be working with multiple monitors.
But again we'll talk about that in a different episode. For now, thanks for watching. And make sure to tune back in and watch for more tips and tricks to help you become a Bluebeam expert.