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Change unit settings for marks

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

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Change unit settings for marks

Change unit settings for marks

Tekla Structures uses the contentattributes_global.lst attributes file for setting the default unit settings for various mark elements. This file defines, for example, the unit used, and the number of decimals. You can change the unit and format for the length, height, diameter, and spacing elements in the mark, associative noteassociative annotation object that can include any additional information about the building object it is attached to

One building object can have several associative notes.

and dimension markpart of a dimension that displays the basic information about the building object measurements

A dimension mark can consist of a prefix, numerical value, and postfix.

properties dialog box. One additional way to change the unit is to add individual settings at the end of the contentattributes.lst file.

The contentattributes_global.lst file also defines default values for attributes in templates created in Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports


If you change the unit and format, save the changes for future usage in a property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

if necessary.


Do not edit contentattributes_global.lst.

For user-defined attributes in mark elements, the default unit settings are taken from the contentattributes_userdefined.lst file. You can use contentattributes_userdefined.lst also when you want to configure settings of your own. By default, this file is located in ..\Program Files\Tekla Structures\<version>\nt\TplEd\settings , but often the location depends on your environment. The files are read from different locations in a certain search order.

The container file contentattributes.lst lists all the files that contain the actual attribute definitions. The order of the files included in contentattributes.lst defines the reading order of the files.


You can add in the mark a template that changes the unit and number of decimals. This affects all drawings that have marks containing the changed template.

Example 1

This first example shows how you can change the unit and format of a length element in the part markmark that includes a set of selected property elements related to a part

Part marks are made use of, for example, when identifying constructions, when giving information about welding, when giving information about assemblies to a workshop, when giving information about how parts should be connected to each other, and when creating bills of quantities.

In the US, the term piece mark is used to refer to position number.

, save your changes in a property file and apply the changes in a part mark.

  1. Double-click the background of an open drawing to open the Drawing Properties dialog box.

  2. Click Part mark.

  3. Add a Length element in the part mark.

  4. Select Length from the Elements in mark list and adjust the unit and format as required. For example, select mm and ###.##.

    The unit and format settings only become available when you select the Length element in the Elements in mark list.

  5. Give a name to the property file next to the Save as button and click Save as.

    Now you can load this file later on when you need to use the same unit and format again.

  6. Click Modify.

    All the part marks in your drawing now have the new unit and format setting for the length element.

Example 2

This second example shows a situation when you want a certain project to have certain individual settings. In this case, you can add contentattributes.lst 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 add this individual setting at the end of the contentattributes.lst. See the example below showing the included global attributes and user attributes files, and the added DIAMETER setting.

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