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Show or hide drawing objects

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2018i

Show or hide drawing objects

Show or hide drawing objects

You can hide selected drawing objects in either drawings or drawing views. You can also list which objects you have hidden. You can also hide dimensions of graphical drawing objects.

Hide objects in drawings and drawing views

You can hide selected objects in drawings and drawing views, for example, parts or marks. When you hide a part, Tekla Structures will hide all its related objects. Note that if an object is hidden in drawing views it will not be printed.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Check that the ghost outline option is selected in File > Settings > Ghost outline .
  3. Select the Color mode by pressing B.

    Hidden objects are shown as ghost outlines in color drawings. In grayscale and black and white drawings, hidden objects are not shown even if Ghost outline is selected.

  4. Select the objects you want to hide in one of the following ways:
    • Activate the appropriate selection switchswitch used for controlling which object types can be selected

      and select the objects using area selectionmethod of selecting objects that are included in a certain rectangular area of a model

      In addition to the selected area, selection switches and selection filters control which object types are selected.

      , for example. For example, to select parts, use Select parts in drawings.

    • Open the Drawing content manager from the side pane, and click Show to populate the Drawing content manager list. You can also select areas, single or multiple views, or single or multiple building objects to narrow down your selection. To select parts, ensure that building objectobject that represents something that will exist in the real building or be closely related to it

      A building object is always created in a model, but it is also represented as a drawing object in a drawing in which its properties can be modified.

      selection is active , and to select marks, ensure that mark selection is active. Then select the desired building objects from the list.

  5. On the Drawing tab, click Hide/show and one of the following commands:
    • Hide from view : Tekla Structures hides the selected object in the view where the selected objects are located.

    • Hide from drawing : Tekla Structures hides the selected object in all drawing views.

    You can also right-click and select the commands from the pop-up menu.

  6. When you want to show the hidden objects again, go to the Drawing tab and click Hide/show and select Show in view or Show in drawing.

Example

Below there are some examples of the results with different combinations of selections.

Setting

Example

Color mode is set to Color in File > Settings . No objects have been hidden. Marks are shown.

Color mode is set to Color and Ghost outline is not selected in File > Settings . Selected reinforcing bars are hidden and related marks are not shown.

Color mode is set to Color and Ghost outline is selected in File > Settings Hidden rebars are shown as ghost outlines and related part marks are not shown.

Color mode is set to Black and white and Ghost outline is selected in File > Settings . The ghost outline has no effect on black and white drawings. Rebars are hidden and related marks are not shown.

List hidden parts in drawings

You can select whether to list the hidden parts in drawings, for example, in the material list.

Note that listing hidden objects does not work in all templates. It works in templates containing PART rows, but not in hierarchical templates. For example, if the template is of type ASSEMBLY - PART, and the Assembly is included in the drawing, all of its parts will also be included.

  1. Open a drawing containing hidden parts.
  2. Double-click the drawing to open the drawing properties dialog box.
  3. Click Layout...
  4. Select whether you want to list the hidden parts in List hidden objects in templates. No removes all information about the hidden parts, also from the total weight.
  5. Click Modify.

    In the example below, the hidden reinforcing bars are listed.

    In the example below, the hidden reinforcing bars are not listed.

Hide or show dimensions of drawing sketch objects

You can hide and show the dimensions of the sketch objects in drawings, such as lines, or arcs, from Quick Launch or by using a keyboard shortcut. By default, the dimensions are visible.

In an open drawing where you want to hide or show sketch object dimensions, do one of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+d to hide the dimensions. To show the dimensions, press Ctrl+d again. For more information about shortcuts, see Customize the keyboard shortcuts.
  • Go to Quick Launch , start typing toggle graphical object dimensions , and select the Toggle graphical object dimensions command from the list that appears. To show the dimensions again, do the same.

When the dimensions are visible, a small d is displayed on the status bar:

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