Generic Blank Schedule in 2014

In this click saver I want to discuss how to create a generic schedule in Revit 2014. We can do something like this in earlier versions of Revit when using a Schedule Key but with 2014 you can now do it with just a regular schedule instead of resorting to a Schedule Key.

I do want mention some pros and cons with using either one of them.

Generic Schedule


  • Intuitive to format info, Excel-like interface
  • Graphics and font are customizable per cell
  • No need for a working schedule, just type in exactly what you want to see


  • No ability to sort
  • Have to manually manage cell size and it is easy to accidentally grab and change the row height when you don’t intend to
  • Can’t break the schedule if it runs off the sheet – have to make 2 separate schedules

Schedule Key


  • Allows you to sort (good for alphabetizing or numbering)
  • Rows always stay the same height and can’t be grabbed accidentally
  • Can break the schedule if it runs off the sheet


  • Not possible to duplicate and create a working schedule, so you have to hide and unhide columns each time you add new information
  • Graphics and font options are limited

Schedule Keys are typically going to work well for Abbreviations and General Notes lists, and Schedules are better for Finish Legends which needs more graphic customization.

Got to the View tab, pick on the drop-down for Schedules, and choose Schedule Quantities. Pick a category that you don’t use in your project, or you can be creative and filter a duplicated schedule so nothing displays in the body of the schedule. Either way, you must have at least one Field in the schedule for this to work, I used Comment when I create the new one.

Now go to the Appearance tab and take the check mark off of Show Headers and pick Ok to finish.

Now pick in the title cell and select the Merge/Unmerge button. Next, use the Clear Cell tool to remove the default schedule view name so you can type in whatever you want.

Now add one row and set up your cell sizes before adding any additional ones.  Doing it this way the new rows will use the previous row for cell number, size and formatting.

To best do this drag and drop the generic schedule onto a sheet and use the one grip to resize to overall length of the schedule. Once this is done go back to the schedule and starting adding the additional columns and resize them accordingly.

You can now start adding additional rows, text, parameters, images, shading, and more. Hope this helps in thinking out of the box with this method. See you in class, Jarod

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