Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Overlooked options on the Option Bar, part of Revit: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting.
- [Voiceover] Today we're gonna back to basics, and talk about the options bar. Now of course the options bar is one of the most basic interface elements in Revit, and you're no doubt quite familiar with it. But what I find, is that every so often there's some really interesting little options that appear there that are sometimes overlooked. So, in particular these occur with some of the modify tools. So if I go over here to the modify tab, I like to kind of go through a few of my favorites that are on the options bar. So let's start really simple with the basic move command. I've got a wall selected here, and I'm gonna go to move, and the default behavior if you move that wall is for all of the connected walls to adjust with it, okay? And that's usually the behavior you'd want, right? But, let's say that I wanted to enlarge this conference room right over here.
So I want to select this wall, and do the same thing. So I take that and I move that wall up to here, but what's gonna actually happen is I'm gonna get a constraints not satisfied error and Revit's gonna complain and it cannot be ignored. So unfortunately, I can't click okay here and say yeah it's fine. So I've gotta cancel that. So the problem is this little small wall right here is getting twisted on itself and it's not happy about that. So, let's go to the move command and use disjoin. The disjoin option, will disconnect this wall from any of the connected walls.
So now I'm able to move this wall freely, put it where I wanted it to go and it leaves some gaps over here. Now it's easy enough to clean up those gaps you just use your trim command, and you kinda clean up the corners there. I'm gonna generate a warning right here when I open up that gap, but this one I can ignore, so i will do that and then I'll just finish up and when I'm done it's healed up the rooms again, and they are now enclosed in that space. So everything's fine there. So that's the disjoin option.
Now the dijoin option also works with the rotate command. So if you select a wall, and you rotate it without disjoin, then what will happen is the neighboring walls will stay connected and all of these rooms will adjust. Let me undo that. But if I wanted to disjoin my rotation, then what will happen is those walls will become unconnected and the wall will rotate freely without trying to influence the others, right? So those are disjoin.
Now what about constrain? The move command has constrain, the copy command has constrain. The way this works is quite simple. When you go to move without constrain, you're able to move anywhere you want in any direction you want, okay? But if you turn on constrain,then it only will go horizontal or vertical. So you can see that I can go horizontally or I could go vertically. Now, Revit remembers the last settings you checked here. So sometimes folks will have one of these settings checked and their not getting what they want, and they forget to go back and uncheck them.
So really the whole point of this movie is I'm trying to remind you to keep looking at that options bar. So if I wanted to put this back in that room I'd probably want to uncheck constrain and put it back in the room. Meanwhile, copy also has the constrain option. So here it is, and there's constrain. And again, it would go vertical or horizontal only. However, because I've selected a wall, I also get a third option, which is parallel to the wall itself. So notice that I'm able to actually copy this wall at a constrained angle that matches the existing walls.
And I just so happen to drop that wall right on top of a column there, so it's complaining that my column is right on top of the wall there. So let me just cancel that. So that is your constrain option. Now while we're talking about copy, we also have a multiple copy option. So these two offices here don't have any furniture, so perhaps I want to do something about that. So I'm gonna select these elements right here, and then I'll go to copy. If I don't remember to check multiple, I'm gonna have to copy twice.
Base point, new point. But if you remember to check multiple, then I can pick my base point once and my new point, and my new point and I can continue until I've made all the copies that I want, and then I can just simply press escape or click the modify tool to cancel out of there. So that's the multiple copy. Now while we're talking about copies, you can actually rotate a copy. So back here, we had rotated this wall before both joined and unjoined. Well, if you go back to rotate, notice that there's also a copy option here.
So with the copy option turned on, now I'm gonna be rotating a copy of that wall instead of the original. Now I just accepted the default centerpoint for that rotation, but if I undid that and went to rotate here, turn on copy and then place a new centerpoint. Now what I can do is actually rotate a copy to a completely new location right there. So there's a couple different ways that you can start to use these options.
And often what it means is, it will save you a step. So if you just remember to check the one little box, it saves you a step. Here's another perfect example of that. Let's say that I wanted to split one of my walls. So let's say i want to split part of this wall right here. If you just want to split it at a point, no problem. But if I wanna actually take out a little segment inbetween, If I don't remember to check the delete intersegment checkbox than I have to split twice. select the wall and delete it.
Now that's actually a little bit of extra work, right? But if I undo all of that and I go to split, check this box, now I can go from here to here and it deletes it for me. So again, it's a minor thing, but it can definitely save you a little bit of time when you're working with these different options. Here's another place where I have some options. We're missing a desk in one of these offices. So the default behavior of the mirror command is to mirror a copy, so when I come over here to mirror, the copy option is turned on, and in this case that's what I would want.
I would click here, and I would get a copy. But suppose what I actually wanted to do was swap these file cabinets with these file cabinets. So what I'm going to do is select both of these file cabinets and both of these, and this time when I go to mirror, I'm gonna uncheck copy. So now what'll happen is it will mirror them to the other rooms without copying and so they basically switch places. If you forget to uncheck that,okay, If you leave it checked, you'll end up with double file cabinets and then you'l have to delete some of them.
So that's why it's important to remember to either check or uncheck that copy option when you're working with your mirror there. Now, perhaps my favorite options bar option of all is activate dimensions. Now I use this one all the time. So here's how this works. If you select any element, like this door right here, you get a temporary dimension, and you can modify it. But what happens is, if you have more than one element selected, so let's say that I want to increase the size of this office here, by moving this office and reducing the size of the break room.
So I'm gonna select the table, I'm gonna select this wall, all of the furniture, this wall, and this door. And I wanna move all of that stuff, but I'd really like to move it with temporary dimensions. Now, of course I could go to the move command and I could put in the value that I want, but I wanna actually set the size of the office over here instead of using the move command and trying to figure out how far to move it. Well, there's an activate dimensions button that appears right here on the options bar.
So anytime you select two or more elements, you'll see activate dimensions and you can click it, and that's exactly what it will do, it will give you temporary dimensions in a couple key locations. So if I wanted to set the size of the break room, I could click here. If I want to set the size of the office, I can click here. And I'm gonna say let's make this office eleven foot six. And that will move it over. It will reduce the size of the break room a little bit, move this entire office without changing it's size, and it enlarged the size of that office.
All with a single activate dimensions. So it's a really handy command, and I use that one all the time. So let's say I wanted to take all this furniture and measure it off say a wall or something. Well, when I choose activate dimensions, it's gonna give me dimensions all the way around. Now it measured to the nearest wall it could find, this one. I don't really like that, but you've got witness line grips, and you can drag them to a different location, you can even press your tab key to get it to go to the face of that wall. And then I can click in this dimension and put in a very precise number.
And so now I have exactly five feet between the backs of those chairs and that wall. So it's definitely one of my favorite options bar options and I use it all the time, activate dimensions. So the summary here, of what we talked about today is: Pay attention to your options bar. There's all sorts of good features in there, and that you'll see it again and again for all the different commands that you work with, both creation commands and particularly modification commands. And often, just that little thing your'e looking for, gee I wish it would do this, well you look at the options bar and you might be surprised to find that it's sitting right there.
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