Print to file

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance

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Print to file

Print to file

You can print to a file using a print-to-file printer instance. The file is by default printed to the \Plotfiles folder under model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

, but you can change the folder.

The instructions below apply when you are printing using Printer Catalog printer instances, which means that you have set the advanced option XS_USE_OLD_PLOT_DIALOG to TRUE in File menu > Settings > Advanced options > Printing.

Before you start, make sure you have a printer instance set up to print to file.

  1. In the Drawing List , select all the drawings that you want to print.
  2. On the File menu, click Print drawings.
  3. Click a printer instance that is set up to print to file.
  4. Select the Print to file check box.

    Specify the folder. You can use the folder specified during printer instance setup or click Browse to locate the destination folder in the Browse For Folder dialog box.

    If you do not enter a folder, Tekla Structures creates the files in the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

    The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

    folder or in the folder defined by the advanced option XS_DRAWING_PLOT_FILE_DIRECTORY.

  5. If needed, modify other printing settings and add frames and fold marks in the printout.
  6. Click Print.

Tekla Structures prints the selected drawings to files in the specified folder using the drawing names.

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