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Using Pin to Lock Elements in Place

How many times have you uttered a few expletives when you go to move one thing in Revit and you mistakenly select something else, move it and then look to the heavens as Revit takes an age to calculate the move and then give you a dozen warnings about the ‘Highlighted whatsits overlap’

Pin elements in revit warning

Of course, Revit is doing exactly what you asked it to do and the warnings are letting you know that you’ve been a bit of a numpty in its opinion and need to sort your sh...stuff out. But it’s so easily done when working at light speed (as you can in Revit)

Fear not though! as this is where the use of a simple pin comes in to lock elements in place:

  1. When you pin a modelling element e.g. a wall or floor, it cannot be moved.
  2. If you try to delete a pinned element, Revit warns you that the element is pinned.
  3. If you pin a component e.g., a window or door, it can still move if it is set to move with nearby elements or if the level where it is placed moves up or down. See Move Lines and Components with Walls.

To pin and element, do one of the following:

  • Select the elements to be pinned, and then click Modify > Element tab > Modify panel > (Pin).
  • Click Modify tab > Modify panel > (Pin), select the elements to be pinned, and then press Enter.

Autodesk Revit displays a pushpin control near the element to indicate that it is pinned in place. To move or delete the element, you must first unlock it by clicking the pushpin control. Click the pushpin again to lock the element.

Pin elements in revit

The use of the Pin tool is also very useful when you import or link CAD or other Revit model in. Pinned objects will show a thumbtack when selected. Clicking the thumbtack will unpin the object.

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