I use the keystrokes, “VV” or “VG,” almost more than any other shortcuts. The Visibility Graphics dialog is regularly used by most Revit Structure users to manipulate views. You may think you know everything there is to know about how to manipulate views in Revit but read on…you might surprise yourself.

Top 10 Things to Know About the Visibility and Graphic Display Dialog

  1. To access, use the keyboard shortcut “VV” or “VG.”


  1. You can turn off and on walls, columns, furniture or any other model categories. You can also adjust how you see those categories. If you need to see beams that might be hidden by walls, you can adjust the transparency of the walls. If you’d like all of your floors to stand out, make them blue. Remember you can work with your View Range to adjust the categories view as well.


  1. Analytical model categories can be useful but often make your view more confusing so we steer clear except when absolutely necessary.
  1. The next tab over is the imported categories If you need to import other plans that overlay on your model, you will likely find those detailed here. You can adjust how that link appears – make it pink, purple, orange or blue! You can’t get as detailed and turn off walls or floors but you can adjust how the whole overlay looks, which can be very handy.
  1. Next are the Filters can be one of the handiest tools in Revit if used correctly. I recently made all my shearwalls blue, turned my steel columns pink and added a filter so that I didn’t see any of the non-load bearing walls. This is often a much better practice than hiding an element category from view. Especially if you need that element to stay hidden for a while. If filters confuse you, never fear! Keep an eye out for an exhaustive blog post in the coming months.


  1. The next tab over is You are using worksets, right? You can adjust whether the worksets are hidden or visible. If you are looking to turn a workset off or make it non-editable, navigate to the bottom of your window and click the little wrenches.
  1. The last tab in the dialog box is where your linked models will sit. These will include the architect’s model and could include the mechanical, electrical or other structural models. You can see the link in halftone or underlay, which lightens the link and positions it under your model. The last column there allows you to truly customize how the link appears in your view, if you select custom you have the ability to control all of the things you can control in your view independently for the link, maybe you don’t want to see the architectural gridlines, you can turn those off in the link only this way.


  1. It’s easy to forget you have certain categories turned off or certain filters in place, making it incredibly frustrating when you can’t find that wall you know you placed. So always remember to check the VGs when your view looks a little
  1. Speaking of forgetting you have elements turned off, remember to be very careful about right-clicking and overriding or hiding in view. You can alter the view of just one wall or just one beam this way. While seemingly handy in some cases, it can cause quite the headache for anyone else getting in the model. If you alter a view, it is absolutely best practice to do it from the VG dialog box.

As with everything we discuss, knowing the basics is good but truly knowing the power of each tool will greatly improve the ease of your work in Revit. Changing the specifics in a view can be helpful but it can also be confusing if more than one person is working in the project. Try to be cognizant of the changes you are making and what view you are making them in and how they can affect the work that others are doing.

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