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Fixing Revit Family Visibility in Your Plan

Fixing Revit Family Visibility in Your Plan

If you put an element or linked file into the project, you expect to see it in different views, however, that is not always the case.  If you cannot see it in views, you can check multiple areas to fix the problem.

Elements

If you are unable to see an element in a view, first check the Visibility/Graphics Overrides: The Category could be unchecked, a Filter could have been created to hide the element, or it was placed in a Design Option not shown. 

If it is still not showing, the object may have different detail levels unchecked in the family. Check the Detail Level on the bottom of the screen or in the Model Display tab of the Graphic Display Options. If the object shows up in the when the detail level is changed, you can go into the Family Element Visibility Setting of that object and check the Detail Levels. 

If neither of those options are the issue, go into the Family Element Visibility Setting of that object and check the View Specific Display. The View Specific Display controls what views the object will show in. To check, open the family, click on parts of the model (you can’t check if the model is not selected) and go to Visibility/Graphics Overrides – Edit.

Elements in Links

If the element is in a Revit Link, check to see if the category is turned off in the link file by going to Visibility/Graphics Overrides – Revit Links – Name of Revit file – Display Settings – Model Categories or Annotation Categories. 

If the category is turned off and greyed out (as shown above), go to the Basic tab and select Custom to turn it on.

Behind the Blog: Meet Christine Parmelee

Christine worked for architects for three years in Nevada and Illinois before joining ATG. She has experience working on residential homes, retail, healthcare, schools, apartments and airport retail spaces. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and is studying for licensure. She has used Revit for six years, AutoCAD for two years, and has done 3D modeling throughout that time.

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