By Heather Alley, IMAGINiT Building Solutions
Secret Units Dialog Box in Revit
In a recent Project in Revit we wanted to do (what we thought would be) a simple task. When we do our Elevation Datum Lines, we wanted to show a “+” in front of the elevation for Positive Elevation Numbers, like shown:
Allow me to save you hours of frustration by revealing an (almost) impossible to find dialog box inside of Revit!!!!!
The secret is to edit the Datum Line
…that contains the Level Head Family
…that contains a Label
…that contains the Elevation Units
Got all that? Then let’s begin!
Step 1. The Datum: Your datum line uses an Annotation Family for the Level Head. You can determine what family you are using by selecting the Datum Line, looking at your Properties Palette & Clicking Edit Type.
In this dialog box, it will tell you the name of the Family you are using for your Datum Level Heads.
Step 2. The Level Head: We need to find this Level Head Family in our Project Browser. Right click on any word in your Project Browser to do a Search… for the name of your Level Head Family.
Once you have found it, right click on the Family, and Select “Edit”. This will open up the Family Editor and allows you to edit the Annotation Family.
Step 3. The Label: in the Annotation Family, select the Elevation text, (which is a Label) and choose Edit Label from your ribbon.
Step 4. The Units: In this dialog box, place your cursor on RIGHT SIDE, where it say Label Parameters, and at the bottom of the dialog box is THE SECRET!!!!!!! Click on this little hand/hashtag icon.
This is where we can adjust the Units for the Elevation, and we can check the dialog box for “Show + for Positive Values”.
Load the Level Head back into the project & you’re finished!