Hi, and welcome to my first tutorial of (hopefully) many to come. This first tutorial is about a very simple trick that I discovered that not everyone is aware of, and I find it very useful in many situations. I came to that conclusion when one of my supervisors at work asked me to do something really quick on Revit, and while she was there, I did it (using this trick), and she found it really helpful. I hope some of you out there find it helpful as well.

This trick can be useful, for instance, when you want to override all elements of the same type on a view. You might be thinking, but for that, I can use the select by category option. However, when you do it that way, it might select other elements from the same family that you don’t want to edit. For example, look at the picture below – all windows belong to the family window but you don’t want to edit all of them…just the small, square windows.

You can go ahead select them, one by one, using the Ctrl=click. But, sometimes, there are just too many, and you have to go floor by floor, which takes a lot of time. In order to expedite this process, there is an option on the right-click menu, called “select all instances in view,” that lets you select all at once in the current views you are on.

To do this, simply select one of the elements of the same type you want to edit, right-click, and under the section selected, you will see “select all instances in view.” Click on this and it will select all of the elements in that view.

Once all desirable elements are selected (in blue) by Revit, you can either delete them, change them to another family of elements by switching it in the properties panel, or make any other change you want to those specific elements. In this case, we are going to override the graphics properties by turning them to a light gray.

Right-click again on any of them and on the select menu go to “override graphics in view”, and then on the sub-menu make sure you select “by element”. Then all the elements selected in this view will turn to light gray.

This is actually very simple, and I find it saves a huge amount of time. I hope you have learned something new and useful that will definitely save you some time!