Autodesk Revit: An introduction to Text

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I am going to show you how to use the Text tool. If you’d like to watch a video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below…



At some point in the production of your construction documentation you are going to need to add some text to your views. You will use the Text tool to do so. Switch to the “Annotate” menu (1) and then choose “Text” (2)….




The ribbon menu instantly changes to give you all the tools you need to create your paragraph text element…





The default setting is to create a text block without a leader (1). However you can change this to include a straight, cranked or curved leader at the time of creation. You can justify where the leader is positioned in relation to the text using one of the toggles on the “Leader” panel (2). You can justify the text itself, within the text element (3). You can also run a “Spell Checker” on your text object (4).

Click in the active view to position the start of your text. Now simply type away! Use the “Enter” key to form a line break. The ribbon menu changes again to give you some basic formatting options and access to bullet points, numbered lists, etc…





Once you have created your text elements, you can go back and add leaders if required…




To add a leader to an existing text element, select the text box (1) and then choose your leader option from the icons on the ribbon menu (2). At any time you can change the width of the text object using the grips on each side (1, below). You can also change the location of the leader arrow by using the blue grip on it’s end (2, below)….





If a text element has a leader, you can remove it by using the icon on the ribbon menu….




The Text Editor itself has some options. Simply click on the small black triangle located underneath the “Check Spelling” and “Find / Replace” buttons, on the ribbon menu….





If you need to create a new Text Style, simply select an existing text element and then choose “Edit Type” on the Properties Palette. You can now choose “Duplicate”, give it a new name and then change it’s properties accordingly…..



I would strongly advise keeping the use of text elements to a minimum. Try to capture most of your project data in the objects themselves (using new project parameters if necessary) and then displaying this data on to your views by the use of Tags.

Key Points

  • Revit’s Text tool produces multi-line paragraph text
  • Leaders can be added (and removed) from text elements
  • Text elements can be resized with regards their width- this will change the word-wrapping length.
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