Advanced options reference

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance

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Advanced options reference

Advanced options reference

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.

customize your version of Tekla Structures. For example, they set various file names and locations, define symbols used in drawings, change how numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

is done, and so on.

Check and change advanced option values

Most advanced options are available in the user interface. To access the options, click File menu > Settings and in the Settings area select Advanced options.

Some advanced options are not shown in the Advanced Options dialog box and can only be set in initialization files; the documentation of the option mentions when this is the case.

The default values given for the advanced options in the documentation are for the Default environmentTekla Structures environment that contains basic example settings that are not related to any standards specific to a country or a region

. The values may be different in localized environments. If you want to change the defaults used in your projects, add the advanced options in an initialization file that is located in a project or firm folder. Settings in the initialization files do not change existing selections in models. They are used when you create a new model and when you add values for options that have no previous value in the model.

To list all advanced option values set in the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

, including those set in initialization files, click the Write to file button at the bottom of the Advanced options dialog box.

Find the documentation for advanced options

To see the documentation for those advanced options that are shown in the Advanced options dialog box, select an advanced option in the dialog box and press F1 on your keyboard. This opens the correct help page for the option, and often provides additional information even for those options that have a short description directly in the dialog box.

Here in the documentation, we list the advanced options alphabetically (see the attached listing), ignoring the initial letters XS. For example, under A you will find the advanced option XS_AISC_WELD_MARK, under B, XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR,and so on. Advanced options starting with XSR are listed under R.


Use the Advanced options search tool to find documentation by advanced option name.

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