Revit: New Text Editor Gems

I had a client ask me about the new text editor in Revit 2017. The questions were asked if they had fixed some of the heartburn compared to the old text editor. When I first gave it a try I thought some of those features that the client had asked hadn’t been added, but I was wrong in that assumption. I haven’t seen anything on this from the blogs and twitter feeds so I thought I had better post and share them.

The first was the dreaded spacing between notes and the numbering, as for it getting confused. Take note to do the spacing between items I just had to use the Shift Key + Enter, just like I would with Microsoft Word.


You can see that the lower numbering is now repeating when it really should be (3) and (4). This can be fixed but you need to back up and do a backspace in the right location so Revit picks up the numbering again. In this case it is right above where it was getting confused.


Once the numbering is fixed I can do another Shift Key + Enter to get the spacing back.


This seems easy enough once someone shows this to you but I think a lot of people are going to be looking at the ribbon or doing a right-click for the “continue numbering” option (Microsoft Word) instead of thinking about a backspace at a certain location.

The next item that was asked was continuing the numbering in a different text note. In AutoCAD’s Mtext editor there is a great tool called “column” so you can split the note into two columns. We don’t quite have that just yet but we do have the ability to restart the numbering to something other than (1) when the need arises.


Just copy the text note over and get into the text editor. Pick into the first line of text right at the start and look at the ribbon. On the ribbon is a tool called Increment List Value, pick on that until the number is correct and matches the sequence from the other text note.


This is far from perfect since this relies on us to make sure the numbering sequence stays correct as the note updates. But this is way better than what we had before to say the least…


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Revit 2017 Crash

So ran into a weird bug in Revit 2017. A lot of people are into changing their shortcuts in Revit to the way they like to run it. I had a client import in their shortcuts from Revit 2016 and wanted to change them slightly with 2017. In this case it was “Graphic Override Halftone” either for Element or Category.


When doing this and updating the shortcut from EOH for Element or even changing VOH for Category, will make Revit 2017 crash.

I have sent this into Autodesk and they are now aware of the issue so hopefully a service pack or maybe a hotfix will squash the bug at a later date…

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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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