Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding context ribbons, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] In this movie I want to talk about changes that will occur in the User Interface as you're interacting with your Revit project. So there's two situations that will cause the User Interface to adjust: when you're creating brand new objects and when you're selecting existing ones. So let's start by selecting some existing objects that are already here in the model. If you take note of the current state of my Interface, I'm on the Architecture tab and this slot of space right here that we call the Options bar is completely empty. I'm going to come over here and select this roof element.
So I wanna highlight until it says "Roof", and then I'll click to select. Notice that it left the Architecture tab and it jumped over to the Modify ribbon and it added the word "Roofs" at the end. So "Roofs" is confirming that I've actually selected a roof and everything changed to a kind of greenish tinted color. Now, I'm gonna click the Modify tool here, that that will deselect everything, and notice that it goes back again to the Architecture tab. So if you ever wanna reset and get back to where you were the Modify tool is a good way to do that.
Now, if I select other objects like this element right here, that's a Model Group, notice it does the same thing. It jumps back over to the Modify tab and it highlights Model Groups. Now let's click the Modify tool and do something slightly different. Go ahead and click on the Modify tab and I want you to take note of all of the tools that are currently here, or really just their groupings. We have Select, Properties, Clipboard, Geometry, Modify, View, Measure, and Create Panels. None of that will change when you make a selection, so if I select the roof again notice that all of that stuff on the left stays exactly the way it was.
All that changes happens to the right of that. So in this case we get the green tinted color and we get a new button called Edit Footprint. But if I select this wall down here I get Modify Walls and I get a series of buttons. Or if I select this front door over here I get Modify Doors and a couple buttons. Or this railing ... you get the idea. So each object that we select, we're gonna get different context sensitive buttons that have to do with that kind of object. Now, another place that you're gonna see context-sensitive information appear as you select things is the Properties palette.
The Properties palette is over here on the left-hand side of the screen by default. Now it is possible to actually move the Properties palette to other locations, but I've got it in the default location where it installs when the software is first installed. So if yours isn't there it might be somewhere else onscreen but it'll still function the same way. At the top of the Properties palette it tells me that I currently have a railing selected, Railing Deco Type specifically. If I go back and select this door again, now it tells me if have a Single-Glass 2, 36 x 84. If I pick the roof again, it tells me that I that have Basic Roof, Generic, 12.
So in addition to what we see changing on the ribbon, we're also seeing things change on the Properties palette. Now you can use the Properties palette and the ribbon in a couple ways. Once something is selected you could move on to any of these modification tools. We could move it, copy it, rotate it. Or over here on the Properties palette we could scroll through and change any of the settings that are available on the Properties palette. Now I'm not gonna change anything right now but the reason that the Interface changes when you select things is Revit is trying to put all of the tools that you might want with that element selected in a readily accessible place, trying to put them all right in easy view.
Now I'm going to go ahead and click the Modify tool to try and make sure that I've cancelled out of everything, and I'll go back to the Architecture tab. The other place where the Interface changes based on the context is when you create new elements. So if I click the Wall tool here, as an example, we're gonna see several things change yet again. The Modify tab will now become active and the left-hand side again stays exactly the way it was but on the right-hand side it says, "Modify/Place Wall." The Properties palette became activated and now it's telling me about the wall that I'm about to create, a Basic Wall, Interior, 4 and 7/8ths in this case.
And between those two, between the ribbon and the Properties you see that long slot of space going all the way across the screen, that's called the Options bar. And the Options bar contains lots of settings that pertain to the wall that I'm about to draw. Now more often you'll see the options on the options bar when you're creating new geometry as opposed to selecting existing geometry. So if I cancel out of the Wall command and I select the roof for example, or this door element, you see how the Options bar is empty. But if I select this group element I get a single option here called Activate Dimensions.
On occasion you will see options when you select an element, but most of the time options will appear when you're actually creating a new object. So the most important take-away is to pay attention to the Interface as you're interacting with the software. Objects that you select in the model will trigger certain changes in the ribbon and the Context tabs and elements that you create will do likewise and often activate settings on the Options bar. And if you pay attention to where those settings are, and more importantly, don't get disturbed by the fact that the Interface is changing, then it will help you get much more comfortable with the Ribbon Interface in a shorter period of time.
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