Selecting items and switching windows in Revit

I’m workin in Revit a lot these days, so you’ll have to pardon the many Revit posts, but here’s another quick tip that I suppose I’ve taken for granted for quite a while…

Today a colleague mentioned that he found it annoying that if you select something in one view and then want to switch to another view to work on said item(s) you have to reselect the item(s) all over again.
Well, actually you don’t have to, just select in the new window, not with the left or right mouse buttons, but with the middle mouse button (your scroll wheel). Simple, most of you probably knew that right? I wonder how many people have overlooked that one though…

The power of the selection filter

There seems to be a bug in Revit 2009 which makes it pretty difficult to select a split face element on a floor, wall or ceiling for editing (a split face allows you to paint separate areas of a face with different materials, in case you didn’t know).

No matter how much you tab around the area where you are certain you created it you just can’t select it! It’s times like these where the selection filter is incredible handy.

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Just drag a box in the area in question and click the little filter button, de-select everything else and voila you can now edit your split face.

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