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Use existing filters

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

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Use existing filters

Use existing filters

Before you start creating your own custom filters, check out the standard filters available in Tekla Structures.

How to use a view filter

Use view filters to define which objects are displayed in a model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.


  1. Double-click the view to open the View Properties dialog box.
  2. Select a filter from the Visible object group list.
  3. Click Modify.

    Now only the objects defined by the filter are visible.

    If you cannot see all desired objects , note that the work areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a view

    Tekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example.

    , view depththickness of a slice of the model defined starting from, and perpendicular to, the view plane

    , view setup, and object representationrepresentation of a model object or an object group in a model view, such a representation being based on the color and transparency settings applied to the model object or the object group

    settings also affect the visibility of objects.

How to use a selection filter

Use selection filters to select objects in a model.

  1. On the Selecting toolbar, select a filter from the list:

    Now only the objects defined by the filter can be selected.

  2. Select the desired objects in the model.

    Note that you can only select objects that are visible in the view. If you cannot select all objects defined by the selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

    Selection filter chooses model objects according to object properties.

    Selection filters can be standard or user-defined.

    For example, selection filters can be used to select parts for drawings or analysis.

    , check that you have switched on all the needed selection switches.

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