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Change the advanced option values in the Advanced Options dialog box

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

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Change the advanced option values in the Advanced Options dialog box

Change the advanced option values in the Advanced Options dialog box

Use advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

to configure Tekla Structures to suit the way you work, or to comply with specific project requirements or industry standards. Change the advanced options only in the Advanced Options dialog box. The settings in the Advanced Options dialog override the settings in any other initialization filetext file that contains user interface definitions, start-up parameters, default settings, or advanced options

Initialization files are used when starting Tekla Structures and they can contain system-specific and user-specific advanced options that are used to configure Tekla Structures for different standards and the user’s individual style of working.

Initialization files have the extension .ini.


  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Advanced options to open the Advanced Options dialog box, or press Ctrl+E.
  2. Browse the categories to find the advanced option you want to set.

    You can also enter a search term in the Search box. To search the search term in all categories, select In all categories. You can also use wildcards. For example, to find all advanced options that have the words anchor and filter and that have any characters between these two words, enter anchor*filter.

  3. Set the advanced option to the desired value by entering the value or by selecting the value from the list.
    • You can change the type of the role-specific advanced optionsadvanced options that work for all users with the same role

      from SYSTEM (ROLE) to MODEL (ROLE) or DRAWING(ROLE) and vice versa from the list next to the option type. When you change the option type to SYSTEM(ROLE) , the value automatically changes to the default value. When you enter a value for a SYSTEM (ROLE) option, it changes to MODEL (ROLE) or DRAWING(ROLE).

    • You can change the type of system-specific advanced optionsadvanced options that affect all sessions and work for all users and in all models

      System-specific advanced options are read from initialization files.

      from SYSTEM to MODEL(SYSTEM) , in which case the value is saved in the options databasedatabase file that contains the settings of model-specific general settings and advanced options

      There are two options databases, the model options database (options_model.db) and the drawing options database (options_drawings.db).

      . If you reset the advanced option back to SYSTEM , the value will be removed from the options database and the value specified in initialization files will be used.

    • You can use switches with some advanced options, for example, to define the contents of marks: %TPL:PROJECT.NUMBER%.

    • If you are defining a switch for an advanced option in the Advanced Options dialog box, use single percent signs %xxx% around the switch. If you are defining the switch in an .ini file, use double percent signs %%xxx%% around the switch.

    • If you need to enter a folder path, you can type a backslash at the end of the folder path or leave it out.

  4. Click Apply or OK.

    To create a complete list of advanced options in a text file, click Write to file. The list shows the name of the advanced option together with its current value and type. Note that writing to a file is only an export of the current settings, it is not another way of changing the advanced options.

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