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    Can't edit downloaded family?

    I downloaded a family, but I can't edit it, it all appears to be one group, or joined, yet unjoin doesnt highlight any elements, and there is no option I see to ungroup. How do I edit individual extrusions etc in this family?
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    This is nested family. Select element and click edit family.
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    Thank you very much. I had actually tried that before in the original downloaded file. What I did to upload here was copy the "nested family" into another generic model rfa file I made anew, and now suddenly the edit family button does something. In the original file, clicking it did nothing.

    So simple now!

    Any insider info as to why the nested family geometry has no border lines on the extrusions etc? Not even thin lines.

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    Works fine here. Select object go to "Edit Family" edit what ever you like, all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukewallace1990 View Post
    Any insider info as to why the nested family geometry has no border lines on the extrusions etc? Not even thin lines.
    When you edit family it opens in realistic mode change to any other mode and lines will reappear.
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    I now understand this problem. For whatever reason, when I download some .rfa files, which are nested families, they will not allow me to edit the family until I save as a different file name, or copy/paste into a different family file.

    It probably is a windows 7 security feature, as I know windows 7 has the potential to lock files that are downloaded from the web, but most programs "ignore" this "feature". Perhaps revit doesn't.

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