Get familiar with the user interface

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Get familiar with the user interface

Get familiar with the user interface

When you open a Tekla Structures model, a new window appears. By default, the user interface will look something like this:

(1) This is your Tekla Structures model. If you are starting a completely new project, you will only see the default model view and an empty grid at this point.

(2) The green cube symbol represents the global coordinate system and it lies at the global origin (x=0, y=0, z=0).

(3) The box around the gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of intersecting grid planes or intersecting grid planes and curved grid surfaces

The grid is defined by coordinates in 3D space. It is shown two-dimensionally on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. A grid can be rectangular or radial.

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.

It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify how they are shown in the drawings.

represents the work areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a view

Tekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example.

. In a view, you can only see the parts that are within this area. Objects that are outside the work area exist in the model, but they are not visible. You can shrink and expand the work area to suit your needs. You can also hide the work area box.

(4) The coordinate symbol with the three axes x, y, and z represents the local coordinate system. It also indicates the direction of the model.

(5) The File menu is where you manage your models. You can save models, print drawings, and import and export models, among other things.

(6) The ribbon contains all the commands and other functions you will use when building your model. You can customize the ribbon according to your needs.

(7) By default, the Quick Access Toolbar contains the Save, Undo, Redo, and Undo history shortcuts icons.

(8) If you cannot find the command or dialog box you are looking for, search with Quick Launch.

(9) Use the side pane on the right side of the screen to view model objects properties, add reference models and components, attach point clouds, use custom inquiry, or to find direct access to Tekla Online servicesservices provided for the users of Tekla products through different online channels

For Tekla Structures users Tekla Online services include Tekla Campus, Tekla User Assistance, and Tekla Warehouse, for example.


(10) The work plane handler toolbar controls which 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.

you currently have in use in the model.

(11) The selection switches control which objects you can select.

(12) The snap switches control which positions you can pick when creating objects.

(13) When you create objects, the status bar will tell you how to proceed and when to pick points.

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