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Basic settings in the File menu

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

Software version: 
2018i

Basic settings in the File menu

Basic settings in the File menu

Use the toolbar settings and the switches in File menu > Settings to control some basic modeling and drawing settingssettings that control what the drawing looks like and what it includes

Drawing settings can be defined in the modeling mode when creating a drawing, and they can be modified in the drawing mode.

The range of the objects and elements that drawing settings affect may vary.

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Toolbars

Use the toolbar settings to control the size and visibility of toolbars.

  • User interface : Use the slider to adjust the size of the icons on the toolbars and at the same time the toolbar size.
  • Toolbars list: Use to switch the selected toolbars on and off.

Switches

Option

Description

Smart select

Change how drag-and-drop works for object handles.

When the option is on , you can drag from object handles without selecting them first.

When the option is off , you must select the handles before dragging.

Drag & drop

Activate or inactivate the drag-and-drop command.

When the option is on , you can use drag-and-drop when copying or moving objects.

When the option is off , drag-and-drop cannot be used.

Middle button pan

Change the panning mode.

When the option is on , you can move the model using the middle mouse button.

When the option is off , you can move the model using the left mouse button.

Centered zooms

Change the zooming mode.

When the option is on , the center point of zooming is kept in the middle of the view, regardless of the mouse pointer position.

When the option is off , the mouse pointer position determines the center point of zooming.

Basic view auto rotation

Activate or inactivate the auto rotation of part and component 3D views.

When the option is on , Tekla Structures rotates the view once whenever you create a new 3D view of a part or component.

When the option is off , Tekla Structures does not rotate the view.

Crossing selection

Change how area selection works.

When the option is on , all objects that fall at least partially inside the rectangular area are selected, regardless of the dragging direction.

When the option is off , the dragging direction affects the selection of objects.

Rollover highlight

Switch the highlighting of objects on or off.

When the option is on , Tekla Structures highlights selectable objects in yellow when you move the mouse pointer on them.

When the option is off , selectable objects are not highlighted.

Select on right-click

Change how objects can be selected.

When the option is on , you can select objects also with the right mouse button. Also the related shortcut menu is displayed immediately.

When the option is off , you can select objects with the left mouse button.

Automatic rotation center

Define how the view point is set.

When the option is on , the view point changes whenever you click the middle mouse button.

When the option is off , the view point stays in a set position.

Ortho

Activate or inactivate orthogonal snapping.

When the option is on , Tekla Structures snaps to the closest orthogonal point on the plane (0, 45, 90, 135, 180 degrees, and so on). The mouse pointer automatically snaps to positions at even distances in the given direction.

When the option is off , orthogonal snapping is not used.

DirectX rendering

Switch between OpenGL rendering and DirectX rendering.

When the option is on , DirectX rendering is used.

When the option is off , OpenGL rendering is used.

Tooltips

Show or hide the tooltips.

When the option is on , a small window with examples, hints, and tips appears when you rest the mouse pointer on a command.

When the option is off , no tooltips appear.

The following settings are available only in drawings:

Option

Description

Printer line widths

Show the lines in color drawings with defined thickness on the screen.

When the option is on , the lines in color drawings are shown with defined thickness.

When the option is off , the lines in color drawings are shown with default thickness.

Ghost outline

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

When the option is on , hidden lines are shown as ghost outlines.

When the option is off , hidden lines are not shown.

Associativity symbol

Shows which drawing objects are associative and automatically updated. Associativity symbols are shown only when you select a drawing object, for example a dimension.

Objects that do not have valid association get a ghost associativity symbol and a question mark.

When the option is on , associativity symbols are shown.

When the option is off , associativity symbols are not shown.

Alternatively, you can control the toolbars and the switches with Quick Launch. Start typing the name of the toolbar or the switch, for example, smart , and click the name of the toolbar or the switch on the search results list to activate the setting.

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