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Direct table layout editing - Quick and easy way to edit table layouts

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

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Direct table layout editing - Quick and easy way to edit table layouts

Direct table layout editing - Quick and easy way to edit table layouts

Layout editor is a completely new way to edit your table layouts, where the table layoutplan that defines the selection, placing, and scale of tables in a drawing

of a drawing can be edited directly on a drawing. In the layout editortool that enables editing the table layout directly on a drawing

In the layout editor, it is possible select which tables are included in the table layout and where they are placed. The table scale, and rotation and overlapping with drawing views can be adjusted.

mode, you can select which tables you want to include in the table layout and where to place the tables. You can also adjust the table scale, rotation and overlapping with views. Layout editor was added between main releases in Tekla Structures 2017 SP3 with the same features as described here.

When the layout editor mode is active, you can see the drawing, but only edit the table layout. You cannot edit the drawing content, views or properties, and most of the commands on the ribbon are not available. Drawing content needs to be visible so that you can see how the layout items relate to other drawing content, at least in the current drawing.

When you save a layout with a new name, no new files for the table layout are created. The layout is a part of the drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.


If you need to edit the individual tables in your table layout, you can open and edit the tables in Template Editor.

You can apply the modified table layout to one particular drawing or to multiple drawings at once.

  • To open the Layout editor , on 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.

    File menu, click Editors > Layout editor.

You can also open the Layout editor in any of the following ways:

  • Select and right-click an existing table in a drawing and select Open Layout editor.

  • Double-click an existing table and select Edit drawing layout. To edit a table, select Edit template in Template Editor. Note that this functionality might be disabled by your company settings.

    In the layout editor mode, the Layout editor pane is shown on the right. TheLayout editor button on the right indicates that the Layout editor is active.

In Layout editor , you can:

  • Show the table names on the tables:

  • Show hidden tables:

  • Search for available tables.

  • Add new graphical Templatetemplate that may contain text, graphics, and bitmaps

    Graphical templates are primarily used in drawings but they can also be used in HTML reports. Graphical templates display project and company information, for example. In addition to text, they can contain graphics, such as table outlines, bitmaps or symbols.

    Editor templates, key plans, and DWG/DXF files.

  • Refresh the tables (templates) in a drawing in layout editor mode and in drawing mode.

  • Adjust the table properties Scale , Rotation and Overlap with views (which was called Transparency in the old Tables dialog box).

  • Select a table in the table layout by selecting a table in the Current tables list. When you select a table in the table layout, the table gets selected in the Current tables list.

  • Move, re-anchor and rotate tables, and delete unnecessary tables.

  • Anchor tables to a needed location and offset them from the anchoring point by moving them.

  • Save your changes by overwriting the current table layout, or by creating a new table layout with a new name.

    When you save a new table layout it is saved inside the drawing layout, no new files are created.

For more information about the Layout editor , see Edit the table layout directly on a drawing.

Direct layout editing vs layout editing through the old Layout dialog box

The Layout editor is mainly meant for customizing existing table layouts directly, quickly and easily. The old drawing Layout dialog box and layout editing functionality is still available, and more advanced layout editing still needs to be done through the Layout dialog box. Note that:

  • Fixed sizes and calculated sizes mapping is available through the old Layout dialog box only.
  • View placement set-up: Margins and spaces can be set through the old Layout dialog box only.
  • In Layout editor , you can only create new table layouts by modifying existing table layouts and saving them with a new name. You cannot create a drawing layout from scratch in Layout editor , you always need to have an existing layout to start with. However, you can edit a drawing layout that only has a name and no table layouts defined. You can create new layouts from scratch through the old Layout dialog box only.

The image below compares the old table layout editing with the new Layout editor , and shows where you can find the old features in the new editor:

For more information about the old way of working with table layouts, see Create a new drawing layout, add table layouts and tables.

Disable template and table layout editing

By default, you are allowed to edit drawing templates and table layouts. It is possible to prevent the template and table layout editing by setting the advanced option XS_DISABLE_TEMPLATE_DOUBLE_CLICK to TRUE in the Drawing Properties category in the Advanced Options dialog box. When you do this:

  • You cannot start editing templates or table layouts by double-clicking a template in a drawing. Instead, the Drawing properties dialog box will be displayed.
  • You cannot start editing templates or table layout by right-clicking a template in a drawing and selecting the corresponding commands.

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