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View properties in drawings

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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View properties in drawings

View properties in drawings

Use the View Properties dialog box to view and modify the drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.


The table below describes all view level properties for all drawing types.

Option Description

Drawing Properties > View creation panel: Views tab

View type on/off Defines the main views, section views and 3D views that you want to create.
  • If you select off , Tekla Structures does not create the view, but dimensions the parts in the available views. If you set all four main views off, Tekla Structures will still create a front view.

  • If you select on , Tekla Structures always creates the view, even if it was not necessary in order to show the dimensions. For section views, Tekla Structures creates one additional section view showing the middle of the main part. For end views, Tekla Structures creates end view from one end of the main part.

  • If you select auto , Tekla Structures creates the view if it is necessary in order to show the dimensions. For section views, Tekla Structures creates the necessary number of views to show all the dimensions. For end views, Tekla Structures also creates another end view from the other end of the main part, if there are dimensions at that end.

View label

Shows the view label set in view properties. If the label is defined in view properties, you can change it here. You can always change the label of the main views.

View properties

Shows the current view properties for the view. You can select another view properties file from the list and modify the view properties by clicking View properties.

Drawing Properties > View creation : Attributes tab

These settings are drawing-specific.

Coordinate system

Sets the coordinate system of the drawing views. The options are: local, model, oriented, horizontal brace, vertical brace, and fixed.

For more information, see Change the coordinate system.

Rotate coordinate systemAround X , Around Y and Around Z

Rotates the view around the x, y, or z axis of the parts using the entered values.

For more information, see Rotate parts in drawing views.


Yes shows and dimensions the bend lines in the drawing.

For more information, see Unfold polybeams in drawings.


Yes undeforms deformed parts and shows the developed (undeformed) shape of the deformed parts in drawings.

For more information, see Undeform deformed parts in drawings.

Recreate the drawing

Yes recreates the drawing.

View properties dialog box: Attributes 1 and Attributes 2 tabs ( Attributes and Shortening tabs in general arrangement drawings)


Sets the view scale.

Reflected view

Displays load bearing structures, such as columns and beams on a lower floor.

Yes displays structures with a continuous line, and No displays them with a dashed line.

Rotation around (in 3D views)

Modify the view angle of 3D views. Enter the values for the angles in y and x directions. Rotation in a drawing view is around the local axis. Value 0.0 for both equals the front view.


Fit by parts: Tekla Structures fits the view contents in the drawing view frame without leaving any unnecessary space.

Define as distances: The x and y boxes define the view size along the x and y axes of the view. The depth boxes define the depth of the view relative to, and perpendicular to the view plane.

View extension for neighbor parts

Sets the distance from the drawing view to display neighboring parts.

For more information, see Show neighbor parts in views.

Use detailed object level settings

Allows you to create and apply object level settings.

For more information, see Detailed object level settings


Set the placing for the drawing view to be fixed or free:

  • Fixed : Maintain the views in the same location during updates.

  • Free : Let Tekla Structures find a suitable place for the view during updates.

For more information, see Define automatic free or fixed placement for drawing views.


Yes undeforms deformed parts and shows the developed (undeformed) shape of the deformed parts in drawing views.

For more information, see Undeform deformed parts in drawings.


If parts are very long and do not include any details, you can shorten them:

  • Cut parts Yes activates shortening. You can also select to cut Only in x direction or Only in y direction.

  • Minimum cut part length defines the minimum length of the shortened part to show.

  • Space between cut parts defines the distance between cut parts.

  • Cut skew parts : Yes cuts skew parts.

For more information, see Shorten parts in drawing views.

Show openings/recess symbol

Yes shows symbols in openings and recesses.

For more information, see Show part openings and recesses in drawings.

Datum point for elevations

Specified uses the entered value.

View plane measures reference points relative to the view plane.

For more information, see Add elevation dimensions.

Show pours in drawings

Yes shows pours in drawings. For more information, see Show pour objects, pour marks and pour breaks in drawings.

Dimension creation method in this view

Clones the dimensions separately for the selected view only. Using this option affects the creation of the dimensions during cloning and re-dimensioning of existing drawings.

For more information, see Clone dimensions in selected views only.

Labels tab


Defines the view label text. Enter text in fields A1 - A5 , or click the ... buttons and select the label mark contents and appearance.

For more information about view labels, see Define view labels and view label marks


Defines a symbol to be used in the view label, and the color, size, and line length of the symbol.

Label position

Defines the vertical and horizontal position of the view label:

  • Vertical : Select Above or Below.

  • Horizontal : Select Center by view frame or Center by restriction box.

View direction marks

Shows or hides the view direction marks and defines the mark height.

Anchor bolt plan (general arrangement drawings only)
Show as anchor bolt plan Yes shows the general arrangement drawing as an anchor bolt plan.

For more information, see Create anchor bolt plans using saved settings

Enlarged part view scale

Defines the scale used in the enlarged part views.

Create detail views

Yes creates separate detail views.

If you select No , Tekla Structures dimensions the anchor bolts in the enlarged view. Tekla Structures groups similar detail views so that similar details are drawn only once.

Detail view scale

Defines the scale used in the anchor bolt plan detail views.

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