Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving and stacking palettes, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Instructor] In this video I want to talk about rearranging the palettes that are placed on your screen. Now currently I have the Properties palette and the Project Browser and I have them both in their default configuration docked to the left-hand side of the screen. But what I want to show you here is that you can actually customize the position of any of these palettes to suit your own personal preferences. So, the first step in doing that would be to put your mouse on the gray blue title bar right here, and begin dragging it. Now notice that when I start to drag it I'm getting this dashed gray box to kind of indicate where the palette will be when I let go, and when I let go of the mouse, it is now a floating palette covering up part of my drawing window.
So, chances are you're not going to want to leave it in that configuration because it would be difficult to work in the view in the background, but tearing it off like this can be really useful if you have a second monitor. So these days a lot of folks have two monitors connected to their computer, so what you can actually do is tear off both of these palettes and then you can move them over to the second screen, and then you get the full width of the screen available to your view window, which just gives you more room to work, so that's a more comfortable configuration. Now, if you're working on a laptop or if you only have one monitor, then you might want to find a different configuration.
So one of the nice things about tearing those two palettes apart is they now display the full height of the screen, so another really popular configuration for folks that have only a single screen is to take this project browser and dock it somewhere else. Now, be careful because whatever edge of the screen you highlight, that's where it's going to dock, so you probably don't want to dock it horizontally like that because it takes up way too much screen space and your drawing window becomes way too small, so let me peel it off here. But a configuration that's really popular for folks with a single screen is to dock it over here instead.
So, notice that it now takes the full height of the screen on the right-hand side, and I've got Properties on one side, Project Browser on the other, and I've got my view window in the middle. So what I benefit from is the full height of the palettes, and the scroll bars are a little bit shorter, but I do make a sacrifice in some lost screen real estate. Now I'm going to peel this one off again, and I'll show you a couple more configurations, but these are a little bit trickier. The thing is that when you first try to do this, you end up inevitably paying attention to that gray outline of the palette, which is showing you what the end result will look like.
So if I let go right now, it's just moving the palette over. If I come over here and I take the mouse and I highlight the vertical edge over here, the gray box now is showing me that it's going to dock on the left-hand side of the screen, and it will be side by side with the existing palette. So that didn't really help me in my goal to maximize the view window, so I'm going to peel it off again. Here's where the trick comes in. Try not to pay attention so much to what the gray box is doing. What you want to pay attention to is your mouse pointer.
So if I move this over the top of my Properties palette, what I want you to do is pay attention to where my mouse pointer is. If my mouse pointer is on top of the palette but below the blue title bar of Properties and I let go, it will stack these two palettes. So notice that now the Project Browser is on top and Properties is on the bottom. Let me peel it off again. If I take that mouse pointer, and again don't pay any attention to the gray box, but instead pay attention to where the mouse pointer is, notice that if I highlight the bottom edge of the Properties palette this time, it will actually add the Project Browser back to its default location.
Let me show you one more. This time I'm going to pay attention to my mouse pointer, and I'm going to highlight the title bar itself. Now when I do this you have to look really carefully at the gray outline to see what the result is going to be. So notice that down at the bottom of the Properties palette, there's this little kinked gray line, indicating that when I let go, what it's actually going to do is tab these two palettes on top of one another. So now I get a Project Browser tab and I get a Properties tab, and I can switch between the two.
So again if you've got a small screen, you've got a laptop screen, and you like the idea of a full screen palette but you don't want to take up space for a double palette, this is an alternative. The only downside is you've got to remember to click between the tabs to go from one to the other. Now, for the remainder of this course, I'm going to peel this off and I'm going to redock it down underneath Properties to keep it in the default configuration, so my screen will be in the default configuration for all of the future videos, but you are welcome to reconfigure your screen to suit your own personal preferences.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF