Customising the Revit Ribbon

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Customise the Ribbon by changing its display and rearranging its Tabs and Panels. Set options for Ribbon display and behaviour, control placement of Palettes, configure the Quick Access Toolbar and learn how to reset the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar to defaults.

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As you have read above, this blog is all about editing the ‘out of the box’ Ribbons, before we start it’s best to discuss the terminology used, ‘Icons’ are stored within ‘Panels’ which in turn are stored within ‘Tabs’.

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The first level of control available to us can be found under –‘Options’-‘User Interface’-‘Tools and Analyses’ we can choose to display various ‘Tabs’, no point in using the ‘Systems Tab’ if your discipline is Structures.

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While we’re looking at Options, you can adjust what happens to the Ribbon when you complete a command or cancel a selection. Choose between returning to the previous tab or remain on the ‘Modify’ tab, this functionality also applies while in the Family Editor. Lastly, you have the choice to have the relevant tab display when you select something, meaning, select a Roof and the ‘Modify|Roof’ tab will activate and display.

Adjusting the Ribbon position.

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The Ribbons don’t have to remain at the top of the display, you can hold the CTRL key, select the ribbon panel title (i.e. WindowsLayout) and drag into the canvas.

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Why not combine multiple panels, repeat the procedure above and you will see a preview of where the second panel will be added to the first, try dragging to either the left or right to see the preview change.

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If you change your mind, hover over the top right hand corner of the panel to display the ‘Return Panels to Ribbon’ option or simply drag back onto the ribbon.

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Occasionally, your Ribbon may appear to have disappeared, don’t worry, it probably has only changed size. Autodesk have given us the opportunity to minimise the Ribbon to either, Tabs, Titles or Panels, this can be very confusing. Presumably, this was done to provide as much screen space as possible. To return the Ribbon back to full size, look out for the icon identified above, it will be positioned at the right of the Ribbon, keep picking it to cycle between the three styles mention above.

Similarly, the Options bar immediately under the Ribbon may appear to have gone, if so, look the bottom of the screen, you may find it’s moved. This can be achieved, possibly by mistake, if you select the right mouse button while hover over the options bar, a tooltip to ‘Dock at Bottom’ will display, pick it without realising and you could be fooled into thinking the options bar has been turned off.

Combining the Palettes.

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If you have a twin screen setup, it’s recommended to move both the ‘Properties’ and the ‘Project Browser’ Palettes onto the second display, thereby maximising your ‘working’ area, if not, you may want to think about combining both together. How their combined is dependent upon the technique used.

When dragging one onto another, the position of your cursor is important. Drag to the point shown in the image above to display the Palettes vertically, one on top of the other.

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Drag to the point shown in the image above (i.e. onto the blue header) to display the palettes superimposed, one in front of the other, two tabs now appear at the base of the palettes, whichever tab is selected will determine the active palette.

Using the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT).

Autodesk first introduced the concept of Ribbons in AutoCAD way back in version 2009. I guess they didn’t think it was a good idea to make us all go ‘cold turkey’ so they invented the QAT. The idea was to provide one location where all of our favourite commands could be added, thereby providing a convenient place to quickly select our frequently used commands. Well, several Autodesk products still have the QAT, Revit included.

The original concept still applies, we can customise the QAT as required.

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Right mouse button on your most frequently used commands on the ribbon, select the ‘Add to Quick Access Toolbar’ icon. Job done! From this point onwards your favourite commands are available in one place.

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Right mouse button anywhere on the QAT to display an option to ‘Customize Quick Access Toolbar’.

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This is where you will be able to add separators between icons, move and remove commands.

Hot Tip

If you need to reset the Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar you can delete the ‘UIState.dat’ file. This is located in the following folder:

%appdata%\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit 2017\ENU\

Disclaimer - Delete this file at your own risk.

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