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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quick select groups of objects in Revit (save multiple selection sets)

I was going to title this "Even Better Save Selection Workaround for Revit Architecture users", but that wouldn't really be accurate.

I am posting about a work method that will allow you to select a group of objects and quickly re-select those same objects.  It will not allow you to use the View Filters like the true Save Selection feature would.

Here's how:
  1. Select the group of objects
  2. Manage - IDs of Selection
  3. Copy these IDs somewhere (for example, to Notepad or Excel)
  4. When you want to re-select those objects, go:
  5. Manage - Select by ID
  6. Paste the text from step 3 (including commas) and click OK
  7. Your 'set' has been selected!
Tip - you could make a spreadsheet for each project that contained these ID selection sets.  One column could have a descriptive name for the selection set.

Here is a quick video:

Thanks to http://www.nazdi.cz/2011/11/pitvame-projekt.html for this heads-up (translated as):
If you enter a list of numbers (separated by commas or semicolons), select the corresponding Revit several objects at once. 

I previously posted about Save Selection here:
What Revit Wants: Save Selection Workaround for Revit Architecture users

And here:
What Revit Wants: RAC Users - lets get the Save Selection feature now!


  1. @tucker_arch Tucker Anderson
    @lukeyjohnson you may bee the matter of Revit hacks!
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  2. @clarkrob
    @lukeyjohnson very useful tip!
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  3. Hello,

    After reading your blog post I've decided to make an add-in of this process. Please check out my blog posting to download the add-in: http://tnux.net/posts/save-selection-add-in