Working with View Templates in Revit Architecture

The many layers and features that can fit within a single BIM project are impressive, and while this comprehensiveness is what make Revit so useful as a design and planning tool, it’s equally important to be able to focus and highlight individual aspects at any given time. That’s where View Templates are especially helpful.

In this quick lesson excerpted from our Advanced Revit Architecture 2014 training course by Brian Myers, we’re going to show you how to get started with View Templates and use them to your advantage. Whether you are wanting fast access to a structural framing plan or even a linked Electrical plan within your project, the templates interface makes them just a few clicks away.


To access the available View Templates, first you should make sure the View Tab of your ribbon is clicked, then find the View Templates icon, shown below.


Next, select Apply Template Properties to Current View. This brings up a menu of View Templates to choose from, using dropdown filters on the lef to specify which elements you want onscreen. You can customize the view Templates by using the available checkboxes on the right(highlighted below).


In our example, if you select Floor, Structural, Area Plans from within the View Type Filter dropdown, and then choose Structural Framing Plan from the box below, you can access a unique project view that shows only the support elements within your design. Once you hit “Apply Properties” the view goes live, and you get the result below.

To see this process onscreen, watch the video below. Brian also shows a second way of accessing View Templates and also demonstrates how to create your own template based on your active view. For more Revit Architecture tutorials, as well as training for Revit Structure and MEP, go to our Revit training catalog.



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