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Modify model object properties

Last updated July 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Modify model object properties

Modify model object properties

Tekla Structures shows the properties of model objects either 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 in dialog boxes, depending on the object typedescription of a group of objects that share common characteristics

The objects are grouped based on different characteristics in models and in drawings. Examples of model object types are beams and rebar sets. Examples of drawing object types are parts and marks.

. Most model objects have a property pane, which is a side pane window.

Use the property pane to view and modify the properties of

Note that you can have only one property side pane window open at a time. This means that you can view the properties of only one object type at a time.

To open the model objectobject that is represented in a model

A model object is either created in a model or imported into it.

properties in the property pane:

  • If the property pane is closed: double-click a model object, or click the Properties icon in the side pane.

  • If the property pane is open: select a model object.

Alternatively, hold down Shift and click a command on the ribbon to open the properties in the property pane.


You can customize the property pane. You can select separately for each object type which properties you wish to see in the property pane. For example, you can organize the settings as you wish, or remove the settings you do not need. You can also add your most needed user-defined attributes (UDAs) directly to the property pane.

Modify model object properties in the property pane

  1. Double-click a model object.

    The property pane opens, and shows the 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.

    of the object.

    For example:

  2. Modify the properties as needed.

    Tekla Structures highlights the modified properties in yellow in the property pane.

  3. If you want to discard some of the changes, click the check marks next to each setting to remove them.

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

    You can 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.

  4. When you are ready with the modifications, click Modify to apply the changes.

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

    If you want to create an object using the standard values instead of the new current values, load the standard file first.

    Note that if you use contextual toolbar or direct modification to modify a model object, the current properties do not change and are not automatically applied when you create the next object of the same type.

Modify the common properties of different object types in the property pane

When you select several similar objects in the model, the property pane shows the properties that are common for all the selected objects. The settings which have several options have the text Varies , and the values or options are shown in a list. If there are no common properties, the property pane is empty.

You can modify the common properties in the same way as any other property. Tekla Structures highlights the modified properties in yellow in the property pane, and these properties will be applied when you click Modify.

Use the Object type list in the property pane to check which objects you have selected in the model and the number of each object type.

To Do this

Check which objects you have selected in the model

Click the Object type list button to open the list of the selected objects.

The list shows how many objects you have selected for each object type.

The list also shows how many components you have selected. If you select Component in the list, the property pane shows the names and numbers of the components that you have selected in the model.

Modify the object selection in the Object type list

Hold down Ctrl and click the object types in the list that you want to exclude or include in the selection.

The content of the property pane can change according to your selection.

Select all the objects in the Object type list

Click the Select all button.

Modify model object properties in a dialog box

Tekla Structures shows some model object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

in traditional dialog boxes, for example, 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.


  1. Double-click an object.

    A dialog box opens. For example:

  2. To indicate which properties should be modified, select or clear the desired check boxes.

    Clickto switch all check boxes on or off.

  3. Modify the properties as needed.
  4. Select the objects to be modified in the model.
  5. Click Modify.

    Tekla Structures changes the properties whose check boxes you selected.

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by Hans Griese

your link in the Customize Property Panes takes me to Custom Components, which is not correct

by Tekla User Assistance

Thanks for pointing this out, we'll correct the link.