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Copy properties from another object

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

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.

to copy model objectobject that is represented in a model

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

properties from one model object to another. Alternatively, you can use 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.

if you want to quickly copy properties to a few objects only.

Copy model object properties by 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, and you can select in the property pane which properties you want to copy.

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

  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, or 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.

  5. Click Modify or press Enter.

    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 object properties by 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.

    Note that user-defined attributes (UDAs) are not copied with the object, even if you have customized the contextual toolbar and added UDAs to it.

  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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