Revit Architecture – Tips and Tricks – Project Browser 2014

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Revit Architecture - Tips and Tricks - Project Browser 2014

Revit Architecture – Tips and Tricks – Project Browser 2014

During a recent training event presented by Dimension Drawings, an interesting query arose. The client had downloaded a trial version of Revit Architecture 2014, and for some reason the Project Browser was missing .Initially it was quite baffling to resolve. The usual resources were called upon (Wikipedia through Revit help for one, and internet searches), but we were unable to solve the problem.  After a lot of trial and errors, we found the answer and more! Welcome to the Revit Architecture – Tips and Tricks – Project Browser 2014.

So, Dimension Drawings would like to share the findings with fellow Revit users as follows.

The simple answer to recover the Project Browser is actually within the main Ribbon tabs. My first port of call was to look at the User Interface defaults. So, we started by going to the Application Button – Options – User Interface. This proved to be fruitless. But within the main ribbon VIEW tab – User Interface tab – Dropdown menu, we find a list containing none other than PROJECT BROWSER. Simply tick the relevant box and on screen came the Project Browser.


Having recovered the Project Browser, we discovered that the Browser didn’t actually dock to the normal position. It is normally found below the property palette to the left of the drawing area.

To move the Browser we can simply click on the blue/grey area of the Browser header, and drag the Broswer into place.


This is where things became a little bit tricky. Depending on where you dragged the Browser to, and actually released the mouse button, that action determined various outcomes.

1. – If you drag the browser to the extreme left and take the cursor to the edge of your screen, and below the top of the Properties palette, the browser turns a grey hidden line effect and when releasing the mouse button, it docks side by side to the Properties palette.


2. – Click and drag the browser as above but this time align the top grey line of the browser to the top of the Properties palette, the two palettes now dock on top of each other AND create separate tabs AT THE BOTTOM. This allows the Revit user to tab between the palettes as required. This feature is NEW to Revit Architecture 2014


What if you do not wish to have the Project Browser and the Properties palette on top of each other c/w the new tabs at the bottom? Here is what to do…

Follow the steps above, but, when you drag your cursor to the left and hover over the top header of the properties palette, you will see the bottom tab form as part of the greyed lines. Now bring your cursor down slightly and off the Properties palette header. You will now see the greyed lines form into a smaller box, release the mouse button and Hey Presto!.. the Project Browser is now placed in the familiar location BELOW the Properties palette.

One final observation for the 2014 release.

Should you have had reason to move the Project Browser around the screen, but decide to move it back again to the previous location. Don’t click and drag, simply double click on the Project Browser header and it returns automatically.

I hope that this feature by Dimension Drawings has assisted Revit users. If so why not check out our other Tips and Tricks features. Keep a close watch on our website for further issues of Tips and Tricks for Revit Architecture.

Happy “Reviting” from Harry.


This article was written by dimensiondrawings