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- [Narrator] The idea for this week's tip comes from my good friend Brian Mackey who's been encouraging me for quite some time to talk about right-clicking. Brian is also known as the Revit Geek and I encourage you to check out his blog. He's got a lot of really useful information there, so I'm gonna take Brian up on his suggestion and talk about the various things that we can right-click in Revit and there are plenty of them, so I'm only gonna cover a few of the ones that I find interesting, but I encourage you to just right-click generally everywhere, so the theme for this week will be when in doubt, right-click, so let's start with the basic right-click menu.
If we just simply right-click anywhere in the empty canvas, the right-click menu is organized into a few different areas. Toward the top, you have recent commands, so anything that you've done recently will be listed here and you can re-execute the command that way. You'll have selection option if you've previously selected things; Find Referring Views. I'll show you that in a minute. The various zoom commands and then, down here, some user interface items like the ability to open up various browsers including the Properties palette; should it go missing, so if your Properties is not displayed, you can right-click to get it back again.
I'll click an empty space to clear that. Now, if you have something selected. For example, I'll select this wall down here at the bottom and then, you right-click, of course, the menu will be a little bit more extensive. Now, it still includes the same basic areas that we saw a moment ago; you've got recent commands and Cancel at the top; you've got the zoom commands down here toward the bottom; you've got the browsers and so on, but it's the middle area here more towards the top that will change depending on what you have selected, so one thing that we see here is Change wall's orientation.
That'll be a little difficult to see from far away, so let me close that menu, zoom in and I've turned on medium detail in this view just so you can see that there's a brick wall here and the brick is facing the outside, so if I right-click and choose Change wall's orientation, then that's the same as clicking this little flip grip here and the brick is now on the inside and, of course, I probably wouldn't want that, so I'll just flip it back again, but that's a really simple example of something that you can get from the right-click menu. Now, another really handy choice on the right-click menu for a wall in particular is the Select Joined Elements option here.
Now, when I do that, notice that it selects the two neighboring walls that are joined to this current wall. Now, you may be thinking that's exactly like using your Tab key, but it's not quite the same. If I zoom back out, notice that it only selected the two walls that were joined to the end points of the selected wall. If I were to use my Tab instead, it would actually select all of the walls down the entire chain, which is also very useful, but that's a little bit different, so one of the nice things about the right-click option is it limits that selection to just the two walls at the two end point of the selected walls, so it's a little bit more focused than the Tab key would be.
Subtle, right? That's one of the themes of the right-click menu options is that sometimes the choice that are available are similar or the same as other commands, but sometimes, they're different in subtle ways, so be on the lookout for that. Now, obviously, as you select different things, you'll get different options, so if I right-click a door, I get things like Flip Hand and Facing which is the same as using the little Flip Grips. If I right-click on a piece of casework, nothing really special here, but most elements are going to have the Hide in View and Override Graphics in View options, so both of these will be available regardless of what select in right-click, so I could hide that element and it disappears in this view or I could right-click an element and choose Override the Graphics either by element or by category or even by filter.
I could create similar which would just put me in the command and allow me to create another element of the same kind, so those are all available on the right-click menu. Now, certainly, some of these commands are available elsewhere, as well, but as I say, the right-click just gives you another option. If I'm looking at a railing and I right-click it, then Flip Orientation is one of its options which is, again, is similar to using that little Flip Grip here, so you can change the location of the handrail and the guardrail.
Now, another really interesting use of the right-click is this command here in the middle called Find Referring Views, so I don't have anything selected in this case, but what I'm doing is I'm just right-clicking in floor plan and this is gonna show me all of the views in my project that refer back to this floor plan, so that includes my various elevations and most of my sections, so I can open one of those views directly from that right-click menu and it takes me to that views. Now, the reason that they're saying this is a referring view is because these little bubbles here are in this blue color and notice, if you hover over one of those, it says, go to the floor plan that corresponds to this level, so all of your levels potentially have associations back to floor plan, so that's what they mean by a referring view.
Now, before I show you that, I actually want to right-click some other specialized items here like the parts of your curtain wall, so if you have curtain walls, you can actually highlight the internal components; right-click and you'll get these menus of choices here, so the Mullions give you lots of choices. You could select all the Mullions on the grid line or you could select all of the Mullions across the grid line or you could select all of the Mullions on the vertical grid or on the horizontal grid or you could even say, give me all of the borders, so there's a lot of different options that make it much easier for you to select the various pieces of you curtain wall.
Now, if i tab in and highlight one of the panels and right-click, I'll get similar options for the panels along the horizontal grid or the vertical grid or even along the entire host, so again, that theme is coming through. When I doubt, right-click and you'll find lots of different, useful options available to you when right-clicking on things. Now, if I pan over to the levels over here, you'll see that this level High Roof is actually set currently to 2D extents and its 3D grip is way over here.
Well, another right-click option specialized for datum elements is to reset that 3D extent, so that's a really easy way to toggle that back and make it match the 3D extents of the other elements. Now, if I wanna go back to this floor plan, I can select level one, right-click and say, go to that floor plan view and that takes me back to my original floor plan, so that was kind of the opposite of that go to referring views. Now, of course, I can do the same thing with section and elevation markers in a plan view, so if I wanted to go to this section's view, there's a choice here for Go to View.
There's also a choice to flip the section, so notice that the section is currently pointing to the right. If choose this option, it will now point to the left. Now, that's the same as this little grip right here. now, normally, that would be the way that I would flip a section, but what I'm gonna do is right-click and choose Go to View and that takes me to that section view and one of the things that Briand pointed out to me, so thanks to Brian for this next part of the tip here was that you can actually right-click this crop region here and choose Flip Section right from here, so what's really handy about this is I don't even have to the view to flip it and look the other way.
Now, this is really helpful for working views, so I often make working sections to help me understand the project as I'm building things and being able to flip the section on the fly while you're looking at it is a really handy thing, so all that that requires is being able to see the crop region, if your crop region is hidden, you won't have that option when you right-click, so you do need to make sure that the crop region is visible and then, you can right-click it and choose Flip the Section. This view also has Find Referring Views and I can go back to the floor plan in that way.
Now, let's look at some dimension choices here. There's lots of things that we can right-click on dimensions, so one of the things is, let's say that you had moved this piece of text out of the way and then, you later decide you wanna put it back again. Well, of course, you could select this and use the grip and put it back, but if you right-click right on the text, you'll get a reset dimension text position and that will put that text back again, so that's really handy. If you right-click right on the little dot for the witness line, you'll get options to move that witness line or even to delete that witness line, so if I choose Delete, now I no longer have that witness line in that location, so that's kind of a handy feature that we have on the right-click.
Now, if you right-click here directly on this little lock icon, this is really kind of interesting, because it actually not only let you toggle it, but it let you show the related elements, so if you're not sure what a witness line is associated with, this is a really easy way to figure that out, because it'll actually highlight the element that's associated with this part of the dimension. If I click this little arrow here, it'll jump over to the next object, so this portion of my dimension goes between this wall and this door, so if I right-click on a different one, Show Related, now you could see that the selection doesn't change.
In this case, both witness lines are associated with that window, but that can be really helpful to help you understand where those dimension lines are actually associated, because it could be the window or it could the wall opening instead and you're not sure until you use this option. Same thing is true with equality dimension, so if I select the equality dimension and right-click right on the little EQ, then I get another Show Related and now, I can toggle through all of the options there. In this case, there's three separate witness lines.
One in the middle and then, the two walls on either side. If you've got a global parameter which is associated to a dimension, you can right-click right on that little pencil icon and choose Show Related there, so there's a lot of places where you can use that Show Related feature. Now, similar to that, my final thing that I wanna show you is if you select and right-click a tag, so if I choose Select Host here, notice it highlights the wall that's associated back to this tag. Now, that's not a great example, because that tag has a leader, so it's pretty easy to figure out what it's associated with, but notice I've got a door tag over here kind of floating out in space.
Now, that could totally be accidental. Somebody just moved that by accident; didn't noticed that happened. Well, if you wanna figure out what door this belongs to, just right-click it and choose Select Host and it will highlight this door over here and then now that you figured out where it goes, you can move that tag back again to the correct location. Now, some of these options do have buttons on the ribbon, so the right-click isn't always the only way to get to these commands, but as I pointed out to you, in some cases, there's subtle differences between the right-click version of the command and the other ways to execute the command, so once again, the running theme of everything I showed you today was when in doubt, right-click and you'll find all sorts of useful functionality that you may not have been aware was there.
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