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Open drawings

Last updated September 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017i

Open drawings

Open drawings

You can open drawings both in the model and in the drawing modemode that is used for editing the appearance and content of drawings

Tekla Structures switches to the drawing mode when the user opens any drawing.

. Only one drawing can be open at a time.

Tip:

To always open the drawings maximized, set the advanced option XS_​OPEN_​DRAWINGS_​MAXIMIZED to TRUE.

Open a drawing in the model

  • On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing list ( Ctrl + L ), and then double-click a drawing to open it.

When you open a drawing, a message box is displayed showing the progress and what is happening, and a snapshot of the drawing is displayed. You can click Cancel to cancel the opening.

Open a new drawing when a drawing is already open

You can open another drawing while you already have a drawing open.

Do any of the following:

  • On the Drawings tab, click Drawing list ( Ctrl + O ), and then double-click a drawing to open it.
  • To open the next drawing in the Drawing list , press Ctrl + Page Down.
  • To open the previous drawing in the Drawing list , press Ctrl + Page Up.

If you have made some changes in the currently open drawing, Tekla Structures asks you if you want to save the changes before opening another drawing. You also have a chance to take a snapshot of the current drawing or mark it ready for issuing.

When you open a drawing, a message box is displayed showing the progress and what is happening, and a snapshot of the drawing is displayed. You can click Cancel to cancel the opening.

Cannot load the selected drawing

Sometimes, you cannot open the drawing because the drawing filefile that contains a drawing

Drawing files have the extension .dg.

Drawing files cannot be used without a model.

cannot be found, or the drawing file is somehow incompatible. Tekla Structures then displays one of the following messages:

  • "Cannot load the selected drawing. Could not find the drawing file. Check Tekla User Assistanceonline help and self-support service for Tekla Structures

    Tekla User Assistance includes instructions, support articles, and instructional videos, and it offers a possibility for feedback.

    Tekla User Assistance is one of the Tekla online services.

    for more information."
  • "Cannot load the selected drawing. Incompatible drawing file. Check Tekla User Assistance for more information."

For more information, see Cannot load selected drawing.

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