Autodesk Revit: An introduction to View Properties

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial we are going to take a look at most prominent “View Properties“. If you would like to watch the video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below…



Everything in Revit works on the principle of parameters and properties. You can think of Revit Views as elements in their own right. And as such they have a series of properties that you use to control them. For any active view, it’s properties will always be displayed in the Properties Palette as long as you do NOT have any element (in the view) selected…..





You can see in the image above that my Properties Palette is docked on the left hand side of the screen. I do not have any elements selected in the active view- so the properties of the view itself are displayed in the Properties Palette. Let’s run through some of the more useful (to the Beginner) view properties….

Graphics Group



  1. View Scale: Set the scale of your view here. This will be the scale as printed
  2. Display Model: Choose between “Normal”, “Halftone” or “Do not display”- useful when applying 2D details over the top of a model view
  3. Detail Level: Choose between Coarse, Medium or Fine.
  4. Discipline: Choose between the “hard-wired” options from the drop-down. They act as a type of “graphic / view” filter- and display elements differently, depending upon their discipline- i.e. pipe runs, ductworks, structural framing, etc.

Underlay Group


  1. Range: Base Level: Set a Level for which you would like to see model elements “ghosted” onto your current view- even if that Level happens to be above the “Associated Level” of your active view.
  2. Underlay Orientation: Determines whether the “ghosted” underlay image is looking up from it’s “Base Level”, or looking down

Extents Group


  1. Crop View: Determines whether a view is cropped or not
  2. Crop Region Visible: Determines whether the Crop Boundary is visible or not- irrespective of whether the view is actually being cropped
  3. Annotation Crop: Determines whether the “Annotation Crop” is active- requires the Model Crop to be active
  4. View Range: Accesses the “View Range Settings”- these determine the cut plane height, view depth, etc; in Floor Plan and Ceiling Plan  views
  5. Associated Level: All Floor Plan and Ceiling Plan views need to be associated with a Level in your model, in order to determine the cut plane, etc

Identity Data


  1. View Template: Allows you to lock the graphical style of  a view to a specific “View Template”
  2. View Name: The name of the view, as displayed in the Project Browser
  3. Title on Sheet: The name you like displayed by the “View Title” when the view is placed on to a sheet
  4. Phase Filter: The graphical Phase filter you would like applied to this view- i.e. Demolition, etc
  5. Phase: The Phase you would like shown in this view- eg Existing, New, etc

Extents / Camera (3D Views only)


  1. Section Box: Turns on the 3D Section Box cutting planes
  2. Rendering Settings: Access a series of settings that control how this view will be rendered
  3. Eye Elevation: The height of the camera- in 3D camera-generated views only
  4. Target Elevation: The height of the target that the camera is aimed at- in 3D camera-generate views only

Key Points

  • Just like other elements , Views have their own set of properties
  • As long as no elements are selected in the active view, then the properties of the view itself are displayed in the Properties Palette.
  • The parameters for View Properties differ, depending upon the type of view- Floor Plans, Ceiling Plans, 3D, Legend, Drafting, etc.
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