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Copy properties from another object

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

Software version: 
2018i

Copy properties from another object

Copy properties from another object

Use theCopy properties command in the property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.

or on the contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

The term mini toolbar is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.

to copy properties from another object.

Copy properties using the property pane

You can use the property pane to copy properties between any objects as long as both of the objects have the same property available. Use this method when you need to copy properties to a large number of objects.

  1. Select the object you want to copy properties from.
  2. ClickCopy properties in the property pane.

    The mouse pointer changes into a paintbrush.

  3. Select the objects you want to copy properties to.

    You can use 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.

    to quickly select a large number of objects.

  4. In the property pane, Tekla Structures highlights the modified properties in yellow. Select or clear the check marks to indicate which properties you want to copy.

    You can clear the check marks one by one, or select a whole section and all its properties.

    Use the Select All and Select None switches at the bottom of the property pane to select all the changes or to clear all the changes. If you use the Select None switch, all check marks will be cleared the next time you start the Copy properties command.

  5. Click Modify to apply the selected changes.

    The modified properties become the new current propertiesproperties related to an object type and applied to new objects of this type

    In Tekla Structures, properties related to an object type are activated in the property pane or the dialog box.

    . Tekla Structures uses the current properties the next time you create an object of the same type.

    When the properties have been copied, the mouse pointer returns to normal.

    Note that if you have customized the property pane and added user-defined attributes (UDAs) to it, the values of the UDAs are copied when you use the Copy properties command in the property pane. Values of the UDAs that are visible only in the UDAobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

    User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

    dialog boxes are not copied with the object. Unique user-defined attributes ( unique_attribute ) are not copied with the object.

    Tip:

    To copy properties to multiple objects, double-click theCopy properties button to keep the Copy properties command running. Click Modify after each selected object. The mouse pointer remains in the paintbrush mode until you press Esc or click again.

Copy properties using the contextual toolbar

Use this method when you want to quickly copy properties to a few objects only.

  1. Select the object you want to copy properties from.

    A contextual toolbar appears.

  2. ClickCopy properties on the contextual toolbar.

    The mouse pointer changes into a paintbrush.

  3. Select the object you want to copy properties to.

    When the properties have been copied, the mouse pointer returns to normal.

  4. To copy properties to multiple objects, double-click theCopy properties button.

    Now you can copy properties to multiple objects. The pointer remains in the paintbrush mode until you press Esc or start another command.

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Comments

by Lem Gaswint

I ran through the steps on copying using the property pane, and it should be clarified that "select all" should be clicked after clicking on the paintbrush, because at least one property that differs between the donor and target must be checked before selecting the target objects. It cannot be done afterwards.

by Tekla User Assistance

Hi Lem,

thanks for your comment! We'll check the instructions and update the needed steps.

by zhen qin

I press the copy properties button ,but I can't get any responds ,no reaction .

by Tekla User Assistance

Hello,

when you press the Copy properties button, the mouse pointer should change to a paintbrush and the property pane should show what properties are selected. If you still keep experiencing problems with the command, please contact your local support for further assistance.