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    COPY + CTRL = MOVE and vice versa

    It looks like a glitch, but heck, it might come in handy. Or not. (Tested in RAC 2012.)

    When selecting a component/wall/line/text/(literally everything) in the model activate the copy command (via the ribbon or shortcuts don't make a difference.) Then select the start point, press the CTRL button and finish the command by selecting the endpoint. Now do the same routine but use the MOVE command instead. See?
    Arjan Ikink, BIM-engineer at PHB Deventer
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    Interesting. But it's not a glitch. In previous versions of Revit, at least in 2010, the Copy tool had an option for not copying, but moving, and the Move tool had an option for not moving, but copying. Sounds confusing? Yes, it is, and that's why, I think, those options do not exist anymore in the options bar in 2012. This functionality that you have discovered, using the Control key, means that the options were removed from the options bar, for clarity, but the functionality remained. See illustration, showing those options, when they were present in the options bar, in the 2010 version. These are little things, that get changed from time to time, that are probably not worthy of being documented. So little, that, the options were removed from the options bar, and apparently, nobody had missed them?
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      #3
      Does anyboby actually use the copy tool ?
      When you can select object, hold down Ctrl, hold down left mouse button and move curser to get a copy.
      Last edited by mark b; June 20, 2011, 02:25 PM.
      Mark Balsom

      If it ain't broke, fix it till it is.

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        #4
        Originally posted by mark b View Post
        Does anyboby actually use the copy tool ?
        When you can select object, hold down Ctrl, hold down left mouse button and move curser to get a copy.
        Oops, Mark, at least I use the Copy tool. :hide:
        But with all the keyboard shortcut magic that you have created already, of course you knew this trick long time ago...
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          #5
          Originally posted by Alfredo Medina View Post
          Oops, Mark, at least I use the Copy tool. :hide:
          But with all the keyboard shortcut magic that you have created already, of course you knew this trick long time ago...
          Sort of thought these old tricks were common knowledge, but then there are a lot of new players around, so worth mentioning them again, for the noobies and a few of the oldies
          Mark Balsom

          If it ain't broke, fix it till it is.

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            #6
            I am in the same boat as Mark B. Sometimes we forget... or its just 2nd nature to us and we neglect to mention tips like this. Excellent tip. + rep
            -Alex Cunningham

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              #7
              Another good old one very much over looked is holding down Shift while drawing anything, which constrains what you are drawing to horizontal / vertical (90° increments). Works great when drawing walls in 3D.
              Last edited by mark b; June 20, 2011, 03:17 PM.
              Mark Balsom

              If it ain't broke, fix it till it is.

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                #8
                Originally posted by mark b View Post
                Another good old one very much over looked is holding down Shift while drawing anything, which constrains what you are drawing to horizontal / vertical (90° increments). Works great when drawing walls in 3D.
                which now reminds me that if you are nudging an element (ie. using the arrow keys to reposition) holding SHIFT will move the element in larger distances.

                All of these techniques are pretty much standard for most pc design software and are the reason we have CTRL/ALT etc. modifier buttons in the first place!
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by mark b View Post
                  Does anyboby actually use the copy tool ?
                  When you can select object, hold down Ctrl, hold down left mouse button and move curser to get a copy.
                  I do...because for all of the (short) time I've been using Revit I've never heard of this method of making a copy. REP!
                  I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by elton williams View Post
                    which now reminds me that if you are nudging an element (ie. using the arrow keys to reposition) holding SHIFT will move the element in larger distances.

                    All of these techniques are pretty much standard for most pc design software and are the reason we have CTRL/ALT etc. modifier buttons in the first place!
                    oops i nominated this for post of the month instead of repping

                    never knew about the shift+nudging! thanks!

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