Get familiar with the user interface

Last updated March 16, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance

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Get familiar with the user interface

Get familiar with the user interface

When you open a Tekla Structures model, a new window appears. By default, the user interface will look something like this:

(1) This is your Tekla Structures model. If you are starting a completely new project, you will only see the default model view and an empty grid at this point.

(2) The green cube symbol represents the global coordinate system and it lies at the global origin (x=0, y=0, z=0).

(3) The box around the gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

represents the work areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a view

Tekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example.

. In a view, you can only see the parts that are within this area. Objects that are outside the work area exist in the model, but they are not visible. You can shrink and expand the work area to suit your needs. You can also hide the work area box.

(4) The coordinate symbol with the three axes x, y, and z represents the local coordinate system. It also indicates the direction of the model.

(5) The File menu is where you manage your models. You can save models , print drawings , and import and export models , among other things.

(6) The ribbon contains all the commands and other functions you will use when building your model. You can customize the ribbon according to your needs.

(7) By default, the Quick Access Toolbar contains the Save , Undo , Redo , and Undo history shortcuts icons.

(8) If you cannot find the command or dialog box you are looking for, search with Quick Launch.

(9) Use the side pane on the right side of the screen to view model objects properties, add reference models and components, attach point clouds, use custom inquiry, or to find direct access to Tekla Online servicesservices provided for the users of Tekla Structures through different online channels

Tekla online services include Tekla Campus, Tekla User Assistance, and Tekla Warehouse, for example.


(10) The selection switches control which objects you can select.

(11) The snap switches control which positions you can pick when creating objects.

(12) When you create objects , the status bar will tell you how to proceed and when to pick points.

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