Autodesk Revit: Duplicating Views

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I am going to explain the different methods for duplicating your views– and in what scenario each method is appropriate. If you’d like to watch the video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below….



So why would you want to “Duplicate” your views? The most obvious reason is that you need to create a new view that is similar to an existing one- and then edit it’s attributes (view scale, visibility / graphics settings, etc. Floor plans are one view type that are frequently duplicated. Let’s take the example below…..



In the image above we have a ground floor plan with a few dimensions on it. Let’s say we now want to create a Furniture Layout plan. What we do “NOT” do is place another Level into our model in order to generate a new (associated) Floor Plan View. We already have a Level to define our Ground Floor height- we know this because it is generating our existing view as shown above.

All we need to do is simply “Duplicate” this existing view- once duplicated, we can turn in (and off) the different Categories in order to generate our Furniture Layout Plan. SO go ahead and find the name of our existing view, in the Project Browser…..



In this example, our existing view is named “Level 0”. Go ahead and “right-click” on the view name. Doing so will bring up a floating context-sensitive menu…..



You can see that we have 3 options with regards duplicating our view:-

  • Duplicate
  • Duplicate with Detailing
  • Duplicate as a Dependent.
I’ll take you through each of these in turn ands explain their differences. Let’s start with “Duplicate”….


Just before we go any further, I need to explain a fundamental concept: In Revit we have 2 fundamental types of elements:-

  • Model Elements: Walls, Stairs, Ramps, Doors are all examples of Model Elements
  • Annotation & Detail Elements: Detail Lines, Text, Tags, Filled Regions are all examples of Annotation & Detail Elements.
Model Elements are part of your single, unified “Model World” Annotation and Detail Elements only exist within the View in which they are created. Another way of saying this is that Annotation and Detail Elements are “View-Specific”.
So back to our explanation of View Duplication Types. If we use the “Duplicate” method of duplicating our “Level 0” Floor Plan View, we are simply creating a new “View Port” into our Model World- we are seeing the same Model Elements. However, we are NOT duplicating any Annotation or Detail elements from the original view. So in our example, the dimensions are NOT recreated in the new, duplicated view…..


Once duplicated, you can see the new view listed in the Project Browser….





Notice how Revit (by default) has taken the original view name and appended it with “Copy 1”. You are free to rename this new view to anything you want. Simply right-click on the view name and choose “Rename”. OK, so let’s move onto “Duplicate with Detailing”. Again, let’s use our “Level 0” floor plan view as the “source view”. Right-click on it’s name and (this time) choose “Duplicate with Detailing”….





A new floor plan view is created but this time the Dimensions are also created in the new view….


Please Note: These are NEW dimensions created in the duplicated view. As such they are totally independent of the original dimensions. Consequently, you can move these dimensions, delete them, etc; and it will “not” effect the dimensions in the original view. Take a look in your Project Browser and you will see the new duplicated view listed. Revit has added “Copy 2” after the original name. Again, you can right-click and rename this view…..





And finally let’s take a look at “Duplicate as a Dependent”. This method has a very specific use-case. Later on in the course you will learn that (in general) each View can only be placed “once” on to a Sheet. So if you create a Furniture Layout Plan and place that onto a Sheet (for printing), you “cannot” then place that same view onto an additional Sheet. So what if you do indeed need to place a view onto 2 or more sheets- and you need that view to be “identical” on each Sheet? Well that’s where the “Duplicate as a Dependent” function comes in. This allows to create any number of “cloned” copies of a particular view. You are then free to place each one of these cloned copies onto a different sheet. You can then subsequently make changes to “any” of the cloned views and all the other ones will update accordingly- even it it’s Annotation o Detail items that you are changing.

Let’s go ahead and create a Dependent Duplicate. Right-click on the view name and choose “Duplicate as a Dependent”…..



Notice how the new view appears indented, under the source “parent” view…..



Just repeat the Duplication process for however many copies of the source view you need. As stated above, you can make changes to either the indented view or it’s “parent” and the other one is automatically updated.


Key Points

  • Duplicate your Views to create new ones, which show different information- i.e. Fire Escape Routes, Furniture Layouts, etc.
  • Duplicate with Detailing, if you need the Annotation and Detail elements recreated in the new view
  • Duplicate as a Dependent, if you need a “clone” of the original view that always stays in sync with it’s parent
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