Those of you around my age will remember how Mary Poppins and her clever little trick to get the children to swallow their medicine worked like a charm.
The same can be applied to Revit and new users using two simple tricks to make learning easier:
1. Prevention of Accidental Double Clicks
Any new user (and indeed some of us long-in-the-tooth users) occasionally and accidentally do the double click on a component family. Now for the more experienced user, this is immediately recognised and resolved – it’s just a pain in the derrière, if you excuse my French. For a new user this simple mistake can cause maddening frustration and confusion until they realise that they are now in the Family Editor and not their model.
To remove the double-click opening of component families, access the Options menu from the Revit application button (top left). In the User Interface panel, click on the Customise button next to Double-Click Options. Change the setting to Do Nothing.
2. Keyboard Shortcuts
For new users, finding their way around the interface in order to locate the require tool can also be a pain. For more experience users switching tabs and clicking on tools can just be far too much effort and so the next tip can also be applied to the new and old Reviteers alike.
From the same location as before: Revit application button> Options> User Interface, click on the Customise button next to Keyboard Shortcuts Options this time.
Many shortcuts have been pre-set e.g. VG for Visibility Graphics and HL for Hidden Line, or SD for Shaded. But you can add your own shortcuts to the remaining open commands and change the pre-set ones if you desire.
Just type in the tool command in the Search bar at the top to locate it (or scroll on the right-hand side if you want to work your way through everything) then in the Press new Keys filed at the bottom left of the dialog, type in your chose characters and finally click on Assign.
NOTE: you can also use the Shift and Control keys e.g. holding Ctrl and then pressing D will result in being assigned.
And so there you have it. Two simple tips to make life that little bit easier.
Oh and if you’re also accidentally closing the Project Browser and Properties dialog from time-to-time, then don’t forget to add a keyboard shortcut for these as well!
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