Chapter 3 The Basics of the Toolbox

The road to mastering Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software will always include reinforcement of fundamental skills. Just as an accomplished musician will practice her scales, here you will “practice” by reviewing the fundamental selection and editing tools throughout the Revit Architecture program. There are many tools that can assist you in refining your models and project designs. Some are simple geometry-editing functions, whereas others possess more powerful capabilities.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Select, modify, and replace elements
  • Edit elements interactively
  • Use other editing tools
  • Create site context for your project

Selecting, Modifying, and Replacing Elements

Knowing how to select, modify, and replace elements efficiently is fundamental to working productively in Revit software. These interface operations are the foundation on which you will build skills to create and edit your project models. In the following sections, we will review methods for selecting, filtering, and modifying properties.

Selecting Elements

Revit was one of the first programs that had the ability to pre-highlight elements as you hovered the mouse pointer over them, before actually clicking to select. Not only does this give you a clear idea of what you are about to select, but it also displays information about that object in the status bar and in a banner near the mouse pointer. When you hover over an element, it pre-highlights; click the highlighted ...

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