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Though the ribbon interface is designed for efficient workflow, context menus can be the easiest, most effective way to access settings or make changes to components of your Revit projects. A context menuis one that appears when you right-click in open space, on an item in the Project Browser, or on an object in the drawing area. Right-clicking in open space in the drawing area
activates a context menu that includes the Repeat and Recent Commands tools. The last command used can be activated by using the Enter key or by clicking the Repeat option on the context menu. The Recent Commands option displays a list of recently used commands for easy access during repetitive work. Figure 1.16 shows a context menu and the recent commands used during a working session. The Recent Commands list displays the last five commands used.

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Figure 1.15
Temporary dimension appearance settings
Figure 1.16

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The options displayed on a context menu depend on the object selected when the menu is accessed. One nice feature of Revit MEP 2012 is the ability to define the selection set when the Select All Instances option is chosen. Figure 1.17 shows that you have the option to select only the objects in the active view or to select them throughout the entire project. This makes the
Select All Instances feature much more useful, as you don’t have to worry about objects that should not be selected being inadvertently included in the selection set.
There is no longer a View Properties or Element Properties option in the context menus (as in versions prior to 2011) because of the addition of the Properties palette. The Properties option at the bottom of a context menu allows you to toggle the Properties palette on or off.
You can also right-click an element in the Project Browser to access a context menu. Rightclicking a view will activate a menu with options for applying or creating a view template from that view. You can also save the view to a new file, as shown in Figure 1.18.

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Figure 1.17
Selection set options
Figure 1.18

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When you right-click a family in the Project Browser, you get a context menu with options to edit, rename, or reload the family. You can right-click a family type in the Project Browser to access its type properties or to select the instances in the project without having to locate one of the instances in the model, as shown in Figure 1.19.

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You can also use a right-click context menu to manage linked files through the Project Browser.
Figure 1.20 shows the options available on a context menu when a linked Revit file is selected in the Project Browser.

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