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Symbols in drawings

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

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Symbols in drawings

Symbols in drawings

You can use symbols in drawings, for example, as separate objects, and in marks, object representations, and line arrows. Symbols can be created and edited in Symbol Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying symbols to be used in drawings, reports, and templates

The symbols are saved in symbol files.


Symbol Editor

You can open Symbol Editor by clicking File menu > Editors > Symbol Editor. In Symbol Editor, you can create new symbol files, and create and modify symbols.

The Symbol Files dialog box in 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.

allows you to change the symbol filefile that contains symbols

The symbol file in use can be changed in the symbol files dialog box.

in use. It also provides access to Symbol Editor.

We recommend that you have a look at the Symbol Editor User's Guide , so that you get familiar with creating new symbols and modifying the existing ones.

We strongly recommend that you do not modify the original symbol files delivered with your Tekla Structures applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation

. If you need to modify any symbols, copy the original symbol file and work on the copy, keeping the original symbol file intact.

If your symbols are located in a protected folder, the symbols are read-only, because you cannot save a modified symbol in a protected folder if you are not an administrator. In this case, run Tekla Structures as administrator.

Symbol file search order

The symbol files ( .sym ) are searched from the following folders in the following order:

  1. All DXK_SYMBOLPATH folders

    The advanced option DXK_​SYMBOLPATH is defined in the environment initialization filetext file that contains user interface definitions, start-up parameters, default settings, or advanced options

    Initialization files are used when starting Tekla Structures and they can contain system-specific and user-specific advanced options that are used to configure Tekla Structures for different standards and the user’s individual style of working.

    Initialization files have the file name extension .ini.

    <your_environment> .ini and in the Tekla Structures initialization file teklastructures.ini.

    Alternatively, you can add your own DXK_​SYMBOLPATH in options.ini under the 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.

    and define your own symbol folder paths there. Note that also the path settings in the <your_environment> .ini file need to be added there.

    The reading order of the .ini files containing the DXK_SYMBOLPATH definition:

    1. teklastructures.ini

    2. <your_environment> .ini

    3. options.ini

  2. Current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

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


    Add here any additional symbol files that you might need.

All symbol files that are found are available to be used in Tekla Structures. If there are duplicate file names, the first one found is used and the rest are discarded. If the model folder contains a symbol file that has the same name as another symbol file in DXK_SYMBOLPATH , the one in the model folder is discarded.

Example of overriding a weld symbol temporarily

If there is no permanent need to add your own symbol paths in the options.ini file in the model folder, you can temporarily override symbols. In this example, you will temporarily override the weld symbol with a customized symbol located in your model folder:

  1. Customize the symbol in ts_welds.sym first.
  2. Copy the edited ts_welds.sym in your model folder C:\TeklaStructuresModels\ <mymodel>
  3. Open the options.ini file located in your model folder, and add the line DXK_SYMBOLPATH=C:\ TeklaStructuresModels\ <mymodel> ; C:\TeklaStructures\2017\Environments\common\symbols; + possible other symbol folders in your local environmentTekla Structures environment that contains settings that are based on country- or region-specific standards and are different from the global settings

    The local environment settings may override the global settings.

To Click below for more information
Change a symbol in a symbol file using Symbol Editor

Change a symbol in a symbol file

Create new symbol files to be used in drawings

Create a new symbol file

Change the currently used symbol file

Change the symbol file in use

Add symbols in your drawings manual

Add symbols in drawings

Customize the symbols that are used as leader line arrows

Customize leader line arrows

Modify the appearance of a symbol in an open drawing

Modify symbol properties

Add symbols in marks, for example, part marks

Add symbols in automatic marks

Define a firm folder where Tekla Structures always searches for the images and symbols. When you store the images and symbols in this folder, you do not have to move them from folder to folder when you install a new version of Tekla Structures. Installing a new version does not replace the files in the firm folder.

Define a firm folder for images and symbols

Add surface treatment symbols in cast unit drawings using the AddSurfaceSymbols macro

Add surface treatment symbols in drawings

Create, update and delete moment connection symbols, which indicate the beams that are connected to columns with rigid connections

Moment connection symbols in Tekla Structures drawings (Drawing tools)

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