Architectural and BIM & CAD
An Overview of Understanding Revit Views and View Navigation

Understanding Revit Views and Revit Navigation is an integral part of the Revit Architecture. For every user who uses Revit Architecture, it is essential to know how to access it, and navigate through it. Exploring the navigation tools is the best method of getting familiar with the workflow.


The user requires double clicking 1st floor under floor plans category to open the view. Even with a right click above the 1st floor, users can choose open from the shortcut menu. Next the user should open the 2nd floor, bird eye elevations, and perspectives. Each view will represent the model and every modification on the model will get updated immediately on each view. The user needs to open the 2nd floor plan again. And after clicking the down arrow on navigation bar below the magnifier icon, the user should opt for zoom in region.

To magnify the stair to fit in view, the user can click once outside of the building at the back, and then click again below the stair. Scrolling button can also be used to zoom in and out along with scrolling the mouse to front and back. Holding down the middle button the pointer changes to an icon with 4 arrows. Moving the mouse can help in panning the drawing. Here, we have a suggestion for users using 2 button mouse. Clicking the steering wheel on navigation bar activates it, or user can press [shift] + W to serve the purpose. By just moving the pointer above pan, holding the left button and simultaneously moving the mouse enables the steering wheel to zoom and pan. User can also just hold the pointer over zoom.


To see the brick pattern, the user can zoom a wall to and click the detail level button from the view control bar. The user needs to opt for coarse option to hide the pattern. To view larger annotations, the drawing scale should be changed from 1:100 to 1:200, Revit automatically arranges the annotation size for the user, all that is required is just defining the right scale.


Opening the standard 3D view allows user to view cube. And clicking the front face in the view cube helps to get a front view of the building. Users can also explore by clicking on other faces and arrows visible. Users can double click on the project browser, exterior views below 3D Views category and click on shadows and select shadows off. Users can also experiment by trying to change the model graphic style to shading with edges, wireframe, and shading and get familiar with the varied range of tools available.


An Overview of Understanding Revit Views and View Navigation