Saturday, August 13, 2011

Missing panels in contextual Modify tab

This has been happening sporadically in Revit 2011 and I believe it’s been fixed in 2012. Basically you would be editing a profile sketch such as a wall through Edit Profile, you switch your view to a standalone RFA family and upon switching back to the project environment, the contextual panels disappear and the contextual Modify tab switches to the usual Modify tab only, leaving you stuck in sketch mode with no apparent way back to the project.
Disappearing panels
The first way out is through assigning a keyboard shortcut for Finish Edit Mode: all 8 of them in 2011 (and 9 in 2012!). Honestly, I think there should only be one as the user doesn’t care which particular sketch mode is active: they just want to learn one shortcut that gives them the ability to finish any sketch mode. I sympathize with the technical reasons why there’s more than one, but if that is truly necessary, why make them look identical with no way to distinguish them except through endless hours of trial end error?
Finish Edit Mode
The second method makes the panels reappear so you can continue editing the sketch or finish/discard; here’s how you do it:

  1. Start a new family, pick any one;
  2. Load it into your project;
  3. Once you get the error that it cannot be placed in this mode, hit Ctrl+z to undo.
For some reason the panels come back. Obviously, do not switch back to the open families or you’ll lose them again! This has happened to me several times now, especially when I open a profile family to “steal” the linework and paste it into the profile sketch of a wall. So if this happens again in 2012 in one of the 9 sketch modes, one of these methods might help you get out of a bind.


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3 comments:

Dave Baldacchino said...

A similar issue still happens in 2012. If I recall, I was editing an in-place ceiling family that had a sweep in it. I opened the sweep for editing, then edited the family profile. Upon loading the profile, I lost the ability to finish the family. To get the panel back, I had to undo.

Melody said...

I cannot get the mode tab or other tabs to show up on the modify ribbon.... I cant modify roofs or anythign

Dave Baldacchino said...

You need to reset the UI. There should be a VBS script available (do a search for "Reset Revit UI") to do this or it can be done manually.

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