As for most budding architects who have used Revit on large projects, I have dealt with its labyrinthine interface sluggish performance.
From my experience I would like to share…
1. Auto Section Box
a. The section box in Revit is a great tool, and something that makes it even more powerful is my favourite Revit Add-In: the ‘Auto Section Box’. It saves time getting a good look at anything in 3D, no matter where it is in your model.
b. If you haven’t installed any Add-Ins before, you can get them from Autodesk’s Exchange Apps website. Clicking on the X in the top right of your Revit window will take you there. Once there, search for Coins Auto-Section Box, download and install it. Most Add-Ins will install while Revit is running.
c. Or simply go to: https://apps.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3acoinsauto-sectionbox%3aen
d. This Add-In allows you to automatically position a section box around any element in any 3D view
i. Select the item you want to focus on. You can select it in any view or schedule
ii. Click Add-Ins > Auto Section Box > then select the view you want and the size of the section box.
iv. Press OK and the 3D view will open with the section box positioned around the item you selected
v. I find this an efficient way to jump to a specific part of the model, or by selecting a floor it is a quick way to cut the top off and have a look inside a level in 3D.
vi. Unfortunately it doesn’t work on linked model items. [I set and use the short cut AS to quickly launch this tool]
2. Double-Click Options
a. Once you are familiar with the interface of Revit, power-up your double click options by making the double click action for all the available elements allow you to jump right in and edit the element. It is useful to activate any view on a sheet at the double click of the mouse: simply double click outside the view to deactivate it.
b. To set this up click on the big R, go down to Options > User interface > Double-click Options > customize… and set them all to Edit Family/Element and Activate View.
3. The Shortcut to Keyboard shortcuts is ‘KS’
a. Have a look in the Keyboard shortcut settings by pressing K then S.
b. These are unique to each work station so go ahead and add some of your own.
c. You can have the same shortcut for multiple commands; if you do you may need to use the arrow keys to cycle through the commands available depending on the work environment you are in. press space bar to accept the what is displayed in the prompts area (bottom Left of the Revit window)
d. One of my favourites is to have the shortcut ‘FF’ for; basically every finish command there is. eg. Finish Sketch, Finish Model and the many Finish Edit mode commands…
e. With the powered-up double click and the FF finish sketch you can quickly edit the boundary of a floor, for example, by double clicking on it, making the change to the outline the hitting FF and its done!
f. You can export your shortcut settings as a text file and load them on to another computer.
4. Microsoft KeyTips in Revit
a. KeyTips allow you to use any command in the ribbon without moving your mouse.
b. Press and release the alt key and you will see the key tips appear above the buttons on the ribbon.
c. Once you press one KeyTip it will either activate the command or take you to the next set of options. My favourite use for this is quickly creating new sheets by pressing alt then V then NS
5. Set your Windows theme to Basic
a. Speed up your Revit by setting your windows theme to basic, which will free up some memory and improve performance.
i. Right click on your desktop and you will see a pop up menu: select personalize.
ii. Use Windows 7 Basic, which will save your computer thinking about all the pretty graphics and transparency in the Aero Themes.
a. If you aren’t toggling already you need to get on to it!
b. Press ctrl+tab to cycle through your open windows or ctrl+tab+shift to reverse the direction.
Thank you for reading, I hope this will save you some time!