Revit TotD – 1.26.2012 | Moving Walls, One End at a Time

Yo dawg, I heard you like Revit tips! So I have another one for you. You know how you can move everything in Revit a specified distance? Well, everything except the objects that you want to move a specified distance, obviously. I mean, this IS Revit after all. Well, today I aim to reduce that list of immovable objects by a few.



This one is pretty easy to overlook, seeing as about 85% of the Revit population would rather blame Revit for sucking than learning to use the Tab key. We’ll use walls in this example but you can use this on just about anything with a tab-able “shape handle”, you just have to know where to find them. I’ll give you a hint on where to start.

  1. Hover over one end of a wall, and continue hitting TAB until you see Workset:Category:Family:Type:Shape Handle

  2. Select the shape handle.
  3. At this point you can simply enter the dimension by activating the temporary dimension, or…
  4. …you can start the Move command.
  5. Now you can move the end wherever you see fit, or even type it the length you wish to move it.
  6. “Tadaaaa” – WALL-E

Now, this will of course only drive slightly more insane since it will constrain to the workplane that the shape handle in question is already constrained to, but it is a great way to avoid making that reference plane, dimensioning it then using the align tool. Use it however you feel, but remember, with great power come great responsibility; use it wisely!


Thanks again for stopping by. I’ll see you next time for yet another, RevitTotd! Till then,