Revit FAQ’s

Q1: How do ii override the dimension text?

Simple answer, you can’t. Workarounds are best explained here

Q2:  I created a few levels but there aren’t plans associated with them, can I add them?

Of course: Go to View->New->Floor Plan… and simple select the views you wish to create plans for. The standard windows ctrl and shift click selections apply here. The same principle applies for ceiling plans.

Q3: I can’t see any of my levels in one of my elevations/sections?

All levels/grids/sections (referred to as datums) have 3D and 2D extents. If the 3D extents of that level don’t cross the 3D extents of the section or the elevation they will not show. Therefore, to make them show you need to adjust them in an elevation/section so they do intersect. When you select a datum an indicator displays showing whether the datum is currently set to 3D or 2D extents. This is a toggle, click on it to toggle its value. If you right click on the datum in a view it does display in and select maximise 3D extents it will expand the extents to the full boundaries of your model, which should hopefully make it show up in your appropriate view.

If they don’t show in any views, you’ll need to create a scope box. Under your drafting tab is a tool called scope box, use it to draw a 3D box completely around the extents of your model. Now in elevation add another level (this will be temporary), right click and choose “select all instances” go to the properties and there is a category called extents. Where it says none, click and choose your scope box for the drop down menu. Then click okay and your levels should now appear as there extents have been adjusted to that of the scope box. You may delete the scope box now if you have no further need for it.

Q4: How do I place a door in a curtain wall?

Curtain walls do not behave the same as normal walls and doors are not placed in the same manner. There are two options for placing a door in curtain wall.
In your modelling tab, place curtain grids to break up the panel to the size you’d like to make your door. Switch to a 3D view, hover over the edge of your curtain wall panel where you’d like to place the door. Now use the key to cycle through the various options to select the panel you’d like to change to a door. Now in the element drop down menu where it says System Panel: Glazed, change the panel to the appropriate loaded curtain wall door family. That’s it, now just adjust your grids appropriately to get to the correct size and apply mullions as appropriate.
The other option is to change the panel to a wall type. You may have noticed in the previous method you could pick from available wall types. If you change the panel to a wall you are then able to place doors as you would a normal wall. You could even make the door take up the full extents of the wall so it wouldn’t matter what wall type you actually used. There are issues currently with this method and schedule to and from room information of doors placed this way.

Q5: How do I apply different materials to individual wall faces or similar without having to make a new type ?

Use the paint brush tool from the tool bar. Select the appropriate material then pick the face you’d wish to paint; to reset the material back to its original settings, paint it with the by category material.

Q6: I placed a beam but I can’t get it to show in section/elevation?

Change the detail level of the view from coarse to medium or fine. 

Q7: How do I create a slanted/sloped column?

In 2010 onwards simply use a structural column and set the angle in its instance properties.  Otherwise, you need to create a column with adjustable parameters for the angle. Refer to this thread: