CAD tip 1041

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
Arthur Goldberg, US lawyer (1908-1990)

Today’s CAD tip discusses how to dock the dialog boxes in Revit 2014.

It includes a video, since the movements are hard to describe without seeing it.  The video is on YouTube, and you can CLICK HERE to see it, or just scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Version 2014 has brought in a new feature, allowing the properties and project browser dialog boxes to overlay on top of each other with a pair of tabs at the bottom of the combined box.  Clicking on one tab or the other shows the dialog box associated with the tab, and the other one is hidden.

However, a new problem has appeared in Version 2014 Revit, which is that the dialog boxes can accidentally pop into a full-width mode and cover the entire width of your screen.  It can be puzzling and frustrating trying to get them back into the original position.

The video tutorial shows how to fix the full-width problem.  It also suggests other ways of arranging the boxes, getting them back if they are hidden, and other tricks.

Kudos to my student Amy Beth Haynes for coming up with the trick that gets the dialog boxes back in their “traditional” one-over-one arrangement!

I’ve read some very emotional comments on Web forums lately about this new Revit “feature” of the overlaid dialog boxes with tabs.  There are many comments about the accidental full-width mode also.

Let’s stay cool and explore ways to fix the problem, or find a workable alternative.  Hopefully Autodesk will issue a fix so the full-width problem will not occur, and the traditional one-over-one arrangement is easier to get back to.

The video is below.  Enjoy, and keep on CADDing!  🙂