Full ribbon customization and other interface improvements

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Full ribbon customization and other interface improvements

Full ribbon customization and other interface improvements

Tekla Structures 2016i introduces the following improvements in the user interface.

Notifications on Welcome page

Notifications about new versions and other important information are now shown on the Welcome page. Previously, this information was displayed in a separate window.

Customization tool

You can now customize the ribbon according to your needs.

You can:

  • Add command buttons simply by dragging commands to the ribbon

  • Rearrange command buttons on the ribbon

  • Change the size of existing command buttons

  • Change the name and icon of any command button

  • Create user-defined commands and link them to any file or URL

  • Add new buttons, split buttons, toggle buttons, and drop-down buttons

  • Add vertical and horizontal separator bars to divide command buttons into smaller groups on the ribbon

  • Compare the original ribbon with the changes you have made

  • Share the customized ribbon with your co-workers

  • Restore the default Tekla Structures ribbons at any time

Improvements in command buttons

  • The active command button is now highlighted on the ribbon.

  • New icons have been added to drop-down lists that previously did not contain any. For example:

  • Full command names are now available in the Quick Launch box and in the Keyboard shortcuts and Customize dialog boxes.

    For example, you can use either one of these names to find the same command: Fit work area using two points and Using two points. In Tekla Structures 2016, only the short version Using two points was available.

Improvements in contextual toolbar

  • Edge chamfers now have a contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

    The user can customize the contextual toolbar.


  • Color and extension fields are now available on the contextual toolbar for construction lines.

  • Associative noteassociative annotation object that can include any additional information about the building object it is attached to

    One building object can have several associative notes.

    , part markmark that includes a set of selected property elements related to a part

    Part marks are used for identifying constructions, for giving information about welding, for giving information about assemblies to a workshop, for giving information about how parts should be connected to each other, and for creating bills of quantities, for example.

    In the US, the term piece mark is used to refer to position number.

    , and symbol now have a leader lineline that connects an annotation object to the related object or point

    type on the contextual toolbar.

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