Use existing filters

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance

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Use existing filters

Use existing filters

Before creating new custom filters, check out the existing view and selection filters available in Tekla Structures.

How to use a view filter

Use view filters to define which objects are displayed in a model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.


  1. Double-click the view to open the View Properties dialog box.
  2. Select a filter from the Visible object group list.

    For example, select purlins.

  3. Click Modify.

    Now only the objects defined by the filter are visible. For example, the purlins:

  4. To stop using the filter:
    1. Double-click the view to open the View Properties dialog box.
    2. In the Visible object group list, select the standard filter.
    3. Click Modify.

      All objects are visible again:


      If you cannot see all desired objects, note that 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.

      , view depththickness of a slice of the model defined starting from, and perpendicular to, the view plane

      , view setup, and object representationrepresentation of a model object or an object group in a model view that is based on the color and transparency settings applied to the model object or the object group

      settings also affect the visibility of objects.

How to use a selection filter

Use selection filters to define which objects can be selected in the model. Note that an object must be visible in the model to be selectable.

  1. On the Selecting toolbar, select a filter from the list.

    The list is by default located at the bottom of the Tekla Structures main window.

    For example, select the Name - Footing filter.

  2. Select the desired objects in the model.

    You can select multiple objects or even the entire model at once. Now that the filter is active, only objects defined by the filter become selected. For example, if the Name - Footing filter is active, only footings are selectable and the rest of the objects stay intact:

  3. If you cannot select all objects defined by the selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

    Selection filter chooses model objects or objects in drawings according to object properties.

    Selection filters can be standard or user-defined.

    For example, selection filters can be used to select parts for drawings or analysis.

    , check your view filterfilter used for defining which objects are displayed in a model view or drawing view

    View filter chooses objects according to object properties. The user can filter objects according to their profile or material, for example.

    settings and ensure that you have switched on all the needed selection switches.
  4. To stop using the filter, go to the Selecting toolbar and select the standard filter.

    All objects are selectable again.

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