ArchiHACK

What does the ESC key do?

Ken
Esc key

One key that is used continually in ARCHICAD is the ESC (Escape) key - especially by ex-AutoCAD users - you know you do it!  Why though?  What does it do?  Does it do what you expect?

It is important to know what this key does and why, or when, you should use it.

The following things happen when you press ESC - and keep pressing:

Edit Element types within a Selection

Ken

When you are working in large complex model with a lot of details, you sometimes want to edit a ‘type of element’.  For example, you may select a bunch of elements and data on a floor plan but want to do something simple like change the color of the Dimension text or the font used on Zone names. 

Rather than try to filter out the correct elements - leave the selection active and then simply double click on the appropriate Tool.

Remove Detail and Worksheet Boundaries

Ken

When you create a new Detail Drawing or Worksheet – you will often see a dashed line boundary appearing.  This shows the zone that was initially highlighted in the creation of the document… and the first thing most people do is delete it!  However, the next time you rebuild the view, it will come back, and keep coming back!

To prevent this, you can uncheck the option in the Work Environment that will prevent the boundary being created in the first place.  To deactivate this option, go to Options> Work Environment> More Options:

Filter Elements in 3D

Ken

When you work with large 3D models, navigation can become slow due to the number of Polygons.  Common ways to improve this situation usually involve turning Layers off or using a Marquee to limit the window content.  However, another option is available!

Go to View> Elements in 3D View> Filter and Cut Elements in 3D… and use the buttons highlighted below to switch on or off entire element types:

Edit Settings of all Tools at once!

Ken

How often do you grab a selection of Elements and want to change all their Layers to a different one - or set all the colors to be the same?  And then the frustration when you realise only one element type (the last one randomly selected) will change?

Well, this does not have to be the case!  Rather than using the Infobox or Element Settings (Line, Polyline etc), use the Edit Selection Set command…

Edit Composite or Complex Profile Settings the quick way!

Ken

One of the easiest ways to save time and increase productivity in ARCHICAD is to make use of the context sensitive right-click menu options.

One example that can be significantly quicker than previous version workflow is to select a composite wall / slab / roof then right-click the mouse and choose Edit Selected Composite... as shown below:

Make 3D Cutaways more interesting

Ken

If you have used the Marquee Tool

Uniform Settings for Line Tools

Ken

How many times have you set up and drawn a bunch of Lines then switched to the Arc / Circle Tool only to find it draws with completely different properties?  I know this has caught me out hundreds, if not thousands, of times over the past 20 years!!  With the following ArchiHACK you need worry no more!  

Convert 'old' Projects to current versions

Ken

If you have old projects from many versions ago (pre version 10) they will not open in more recent ARCHICAD versions.  

 

Find those elements, wherever they are!

Ken

This has to be one of the simplest and easiest commands in ARCHICAD - but one that is often overlooked… yet it is one of my personal favorites!

 

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