Windows 10 Tricks


Start Menu

If you right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner, it will open a right-click menu with a number of popular options like Programs and Features, Control Panel, File Explorer, and Disk Management. A whole lot quicker then typing in the Cortana search box.

Desktop Button

This desktop button has been actually around for a while now but maybe you’ve missed it. On the bottom-right corner of your page, there’s a super thin desktop button. Click it and it will minimize all your open windows to clear the desktop. A faster way is holding the “Windows” key on the keyboard and hitting ”D” or right-click the Start Menu and using “Desktop”.

Right-Click on Tiles

Just right-click on any of them and a right-click menu will open. This menu will give you options like the ability to un-pin from the Start menu, to resize the windows, or to turn that live tile off and more.

Right-Click on the Taskbar

Here’s a handy menu that will allow you to quickly access a number of presets for the toolbar’s, Cortana, and window schemes.


This feature actually debuted in Windows 7, but it seems a lot of people have forgotten about it. If you have a bunch of maximized windows or not, you can clear the interface by grabbing the top of the window that you like to keep and “shaking” it to minimize all the other windows. If you need them all back just shake it again and all the windows will come right back.

Drag to Pin Windows

This feature was available as far back as Windows 7, but has some additional updates when it comes to Windows 10. If you grab any application, and drag it to the side of the screen, it will take up half the screen. If you like to have another application next to it just pick on it, now you now have them side by side.

In Windows 10, you have the option of dragging the window to any corner of the screen to have the window take over that quarter of the screen. If you happen to be using multiple screens, you can drag to a border corner and wait for a prompt signal to let you know if the window will open in that corner.

You can prompt similar behavior by using the Windows key plus any of the directional arrow buttons.

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Save Time & Costs Using Drone Technology for Construction


Join local Colorado Construction Professionals for an afternoon event showcasing how drone technology is accurately and safely capturing relevant construction data on the job site. We will show how your business can save time and costs associated with scanning the job site before, during and after construction. See how easy it is to download and integrate detailed maps and models into your existing Autodesk workflow with 3DR Site Scan.



September 29th
2:00 – 5:00 PM


AGC Colorado Headquarters | 1114 W. 7th Avenue Denver, CO 80204 (Map)


2:00 – 2:05       Welcome and introduction

2:05 – 2:30       3DR Site Scan: Case Studies

2:30 – 3:30       Flight demo

3:30 – 4:00       Conclusion and Questions

4:00 – 5:00       Open Bar + Appetizers

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Design Strategies with FormIt 360

Lately I have been working with the FormIt 360 and Insight 360 development teams working on some new and exciting upcoming features. In my Autodesk University class “AR18857 – Design Strategies with FormIt 360” Hopefully I will be able to show off some if these new items with my existing workflows on designing/modeling facades in FormIt and getting feedback from Insight 360 on what is working and not working.

AU FormIt Class

I have been working a lot on workflows for designing curtain systems inside FormIt 360 for façade layout. There are some great tools in FormIt to quickly start flushing out design intent for these type of designs. At the bottom of this post I have some links if you are interested. One of the new additions to FormIt 360 is allowing Dynamo Scripts to be part of the FormIt design model. Josh Goldstein, User Experience Designer at Autodesk, was a huge help at making my “wish list items” of how this would work and developing a Dynamo script for me to help with creating curved curtain systems inside FormIt 360. This will be something that I will be handing out at my AU class so everyone can build upon this great Dynamo script or use it as is.

I will also talk about hitting what I call the “brick wall” at your firm on trying to get people to start using FormIt 360 instead of the “other” design tool. There are some strategies that we will look at to help you win this battle. We will also learn how to use some built-in tools to establish a FormIt content library from either your existing Revit family library or even the “other” design tool content library (existing local library or from the web).

One other miss conception is there no method of moving forward the design changes in your updated FormIt model to your existing “FormIt converted to Revit model”. Remember, this is one the biggest reasons why FormIt 360 is so much better because there is no such thing as a “throw away model” unlike the “other” design software. This workflow will even be better and easier hopefully by the time AU comes around compared to the current way that I do it, which again isn’t hard in any way.

As I mentioned earlier with some of the recently updated features in Insight 360, the workflows are becoming easier to get quick feedback on your façade design. Insight 360 works with FormIt 360 directly and FormIt has a built solar analysis but bringing the FormIt model into Revit will give you additional feedback for the Insight 360 energy model.

Some of these existing workflows are not well known but as you can see in the image below the results. This is all done in just a few clicks, so the workflow is fast which means someone can go through multiple design iterations very quick.

To see your final results, you just need to send your FormIt/Revit design model to Insight 360. Again, some simple clicks take it up to the cloud for analysis which typically you will get results back in minutes.

From here I can see the results but I can also make additional changes for wall/glass ratio, wall/roof construction, glass type, shade devices, and numerous other settings.

If you want to get a head start before my AU class, the FormIt 360 team has graciously put together an overview of several posts and webinars that I have done: LINK. Last year I spoke at the Revit Technology Conference and I shared my PDF document if you would like to read than watch the different videos: LINK. And finally, here is a link to everything that I have done so far that is posted on my blog: LINK.

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