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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Finding views in the Project Browser

I received this comment to one of my posts:

...Being new to Revit (2011) is there a way to locate newly created views in the project browser? Or do a search? Or am i stuck using filters? 
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Here are a few different ideas that may assist:
  1. Remove all filters / folders from the Project Browser (so that all views are grouped together).  When you make a new view, Revit 'activates' it (and makes it bold), so you can just scroll down through all the views until you see one with a bold name.
  2. Set up a Quick Filter parameter.  Let's say it is called 'Job Task' or something.  Add this parameter to all views.  Then, Filter your Project Browser by ONLY that property.  When you make a new view, set the 'Job Task' parameter to something - and then you will see the view appear under that folder.  I currently use this method on a large project to divide views logically by the actual Revit work that they are associated with.

  3. Make a View List (Schedule - View List) that includes the View Name property.  Now, filter by View Name - contains - whatever text you are searching for.  You have created a 'View Search Tool'.  It's not perfect, but it does work.
  4. Set up your Project Browser folders and your Default View Templates such that you 'know' which folder a particular View type will end up in.  This kinda works for new Views, not so much when 'Duplicating' a view.
  5. If you do 'Duplicate' a view, look for 'Copy of'.  Annoyingly, Revit hasn't adopted the Vista / Windows 7 convention of appending '- Copy' to copies of things.  This has been on my wish list for a while!
Hope some of these ideas help you newer users to find those sneaky new Views!

2 comments:

  1. If you right click on one of the main categories in the project browser. There is an option to search for a specific view within the list. Revit will locate the view regardless of where it appears in the list.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. This post was obviously in Revit 2012 world, before the days of project browser searching :-)

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