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Placing and repositioning exterior windows

Place windows in exterior walls and reposition them.

Tutorial resources

These downloadable resources will be used to complete this tutorial:

DW-Arch_Place Windows_RVT2021_002.rvt

Step-by-step guide

Place windows in exterior walls and reposition them.

  1. Open the project DW-Arch_Place Windows_RVT2021.rvt, and open the views Elevations > West and 3D Views > {3D}.
  2. In the Project Browser, in the Schedules/Quantities (all) section, double-click the previously created Window Schedule.
  3. On the View tab > Windows panel, click Tile Views (or type “WT”).
  4. Click in a view other than the schedule view, and type “ZA” to fit the views.
  5. Select one of the windows in the schedule. It highlights in the other views.

In the Revit interface, the window selected in the open schedule appears selected in all open views, each highlighted in red.

  1. Click in the Level 1 view once to select the view, and then again to deselect the window.
  2. In the View tab > Windows panel, click Tab Views.
  3. Right-click in the view and select Zoom To Fit.

In the View tab, Windows panel, Tab Views selected; all views arranged in tabbed format; and in the drawing area context menu, Zoom To Fit selected.

The single view fits the window.

  1. In the Architecture tab > Build panel, click Window.
  2. In the Type Selector, select Fixed 36"w x 48"h.
  3. Click the wall to place the window.

In the Type Selector, the new window type highlighted in red, and in the view, the window being placed on the wall highlighted in red.

  1. Use temporary dimensions to specify the distance from the center of the wall to the center of the window at 6'-0".
  2. Click Modify.
  3. Select the new window.
  4. In the Modify | Windows tab > Modify panel, click Array.
  5. In the Options Bar, select Linear and deselect Group and Associate.
  6. Set the Number to 5 and verify that Move To: 2nd is selected.
  7. For the start point, select the midpoint of the window.
  8. For the 2nd point, pick a point 5'-0" to the right using temporary dimensions.

In the Modify tab, Modify panel, Array selected and highlighted in red; all Options Bar settings configured for this example, highlighted in red; and in the view, the second point selected.

The windows are placed equally spaced 5'-0" apart.

In the view, 5 equally spaced windows placed along the wall and highlighted in red.

  1. Start the Window command again.
  2. Place two windows similar to the image below. Exact placement is not necessary.

In the view, 2 windows placed near each other on the right side of the top exterior wall.

  1. Click Modify.
  2. Zoom in on the windows and select the one on the right.
  3. Use the temporary dimension to change the location of the window.
  4. Select the other window and change the location using temporary dimensions.

A zoomed-in view of the 2 placed windows, with a new temporary dimension being entered for the window on the left.

  1. Right-click and select Zoom to Fit.
  2. In the View tab > Windows panel, click Close Inactive.
  3. Select everything in the model.
  4. In the Modify | Multi-Select tab > Selection panel, click Filter.
  5. In the Filter dialog box, click Check None and select Windows.

In the drawing area, everything selected in the Level 1 view; and in the Filter dialog box, only the Windows category selected.

  1. Click OK, and only the windows in the Level 1 view are selected.

To copy the windows to Level 2:

  1. In the Modify | Windows tab > Clipboard panel, click Copy to Clipboard.
  2. In the Clipboard panel, expand Paste and select Aligned to Selected Levels.

In the model, all windows selected; and in the Modify | Windows tab, Clipboard panel, Paste expanded, with Aligned to Selected Levels selected.

  1. In the Selects Levels dialog box, select Level 2.
  2. Click OK.

In the Selects Levels dialog box, Level 2 and OK selected.

  1. In the Project Browser, open the default 3D view and the West elevation view.
  2. Tile the views
  3. Press ZA to see all the views.

The windows are copied to Level 2.

In the open West elevation and 3D views, all Level 1 windows copied to the second floor and highlighted.

  1. Save the project.