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Thursday, June 11, 2009

How to tag doors by Type or tag windows

How to tag doors by Type or tag windows

Currently, Revit tags doors by Mark and tags windows by Type. So how do you tag doors by Type instead of by Mark, or tag windows by Mark instead of Type?

The Revit annotation family used in the project dictates the information in the door and window tags, as well as the appearance of the tag. By default, doors tags are oval with the door number centered in the tag and window tags are hexagons with the window Type centered in the tag.

In order to tag doors so that the Type appears in the tag instead of the Mark, or to tag windows so that the Mark appears in the tag rather than the Type, you need to load a different annotation family component. Revit Architecture comes with an alternate window tag that tags the window by Mark. For doors, you'll need to create a new tag that uses the Type instead of the Mark. This is easily accomplished.

It's easier to take an existing family component and modify it rather than creating one from scratch. Open the existing door or window tag family (.rfa) by selecting File > Open and then navigate to the library folder in which the tag is stored (by default, door and window tags are located in Imperial Library > Annotations > Architectural).

The tag opens in the Revit family editor.

Select File > Save As and give your new tag an appropriate name (such as Door Tag by Type.rfa) and click Save. This will preserve the original tag.

Select to highlight the label text.

On the Options bar, click the Select Parameter button.

In the Select Parameter dialog box, select the parameter you want to assign to the label. For example, to create a door tag that labels the door using the Type rather than the Mark, select Type Mark. In the Value field at the bottom, enter a value to represent the label for the family.

Then click OK.

Select File > Save. Then close the family editor.

To use your new tag, load it into your project (File > Load From Library > Load Family). visit contributor blog

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