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Large icons for toolbars and other user interface improvements

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

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Large icons for toolbars and other user interface improvements

Large icons for toolbars and other user interface improvements

Version 2018i improves the usability of Tekla Structures in many ways: you can customize the toolbars and resize the icons on the toolbars, for example.

Large icons for toolbars

You can now resize the icons on the toolbars. Previously, you had to change the display scaling settings in Windows to make the icons larger.

Use the slider in File > Settings > User interface to adjust the icon and at the same time the toolbar size.

This setting affects the icons on the following toolbars in the modeling and drawing modemode that is used for editing the appearance and content of drawings

Tekla Structures switches to the drawing mode when the user opens any drawing.


  • Selecting toolbar
  • Snapping toolbar
  • Snap overridetool that is used for temporarily bypassing the snap switch in use

    Snap override only bypasses the snap switch settings for the next point the user picks.

  • Work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

    Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

    handler toolbar

Show and hide toolbars

You can now switch toolbars on and off in File > Settings > Toolbars.

You can control the visibility of the following toolbars in the modeling and in the drawing mode:

  • Selecting toolbar
  • Snapping toolbar
  • Snap override toolbar
  • Work plane handler toolbar
  • 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.

Alternatively, you can control the visibility of toolbars using Quick Launch.

Show and hide switches on the toolbars

You can now customize toolbars by hiding switches on the Selecting , Snapping , and Snap override toolbars, both in the modeling and in the drawing mode.

Use the new eyebutton to control the visibility of the switches.

  1. Click the eye buttonto open a list that contains all the switches on the toolbar.

    Alternatively, right-click on the toolbar to open the list.

  2. To hide a switch, click the name of the switch in the list.

    The selected switch becomes hidden on the toolbar, and the eye button changes to.

  3. To make the switch visible again, click the hidden switch in the list.

Distribute the customized toolbars

The customized toolbars are saved to ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\TeklaStructures\<version>\Toolbars folder as .json files.

Company administrators can distribute the customized toolbars to the whole organization, in the same way as customized ribbons or 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.

layouts. Place the customized toolbar files in a folder called \Toolbars in a project, firm, or environment folder.

If you distribute the customized toolbar files, the files in ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\TeklaStructures\<version>\Toolbars have the highest priority in the search order, and after that Tekla Structures uses the default search order.

Show parts in a selected view angle

Columns, beams, plates, panels, slabs, and footings now have a new View angle option on the contextual toolbar.

You can set the part view angle by selecting a top, back, right, bottom, front, or left view of the part. The part is instantly shown in the desired angle and the view is zoomed in, making it faster and easier to examine the selected part.

To return to the original 3D viewview that displays objects three-dimensionally

3D view is one of the default views.

, click the button in the middle of the view angle options.

The view angle is based on the selected part's coordinate system so that the top viewdefault view that is created using the part’s or component’s coordinate system and that shows the part or component from the top direction

Part’s top view is a view on part plane created of the part’s top plane.

is looking to the negative z-direction. For example, if you select the top view, Tekla Structures sets the current view angle from up to down in the coordinate system.

Note: Tekla Structures shows the part in the current view, which is the view where your mouse has last been. If the contextual toolbar is located, for example, on top of two views, the part is shown in the view where your mouse has last been and not in the view where the part was selected.

Changed default keyboard shortcut for direct modification

The default shortcut for direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

is now D , instead of Ctrl+D. Previously, the shortcut D was used for Drag and drop. Now drag and drop does not have a default shortcut anymore.

If needed, you can customize the keyboard shortcuts in File > Settings > Keyboard shortcuts.

License type visible in About Tekla Structures

The license type of Flexera licenses can now been see in the About Tekla Structures dialog box. It is either Domestic or Enterprise. For the Partner edition, the value is Partner and for the Tekla Campus edition the value is Educational.

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