Autodesk Revit: Pinning Elements

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I am going to explain the use of the “Pin” tool to you. If you’d like to watch the video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below….



One of the best features of Revit (and there are many) is that it is very easy to edit elements once they are in your model- including moving them. It is also very easy (often “too” easy) to delete elements. Take the simple model below…..



We could simply hover over any of the 3 elements (the 2 walls and the table) and click (and hold our left mouse button) and drag those elements to a new location. Conversely, we could just select one of the elements and hit the “delete” key- and it’s gone! But what if you wish to safeguard against accidental movements and deletions? This is where the “Pin” tool comes into play. The Pin tool allows us to “pin” an element in it current position and stop it from being moved. This also has the effect of stopping the element being deleted too.

So let’s go ahead and select the table. With the table selected, take a look at the “Modify” menu…..



You’ll see the Pin tools on the right hand side of the “Modify” panel. There are actually 2 “Pin” tools- one to “Pin” and one to “Unpin”. Go ahead and click on the “Pin” icon (the one “without” the small red cross over it)- see the image above.



Notice how when you “Pin” an element, it displays a “Pin” icon over it, but only whilst it is selected. No go ahead and try to delete the pinned element. You will see the following message displayed…..




If you do decide that you (subsequently) need to move or delete a Pinned element, simply select the element in question and click on the “Unpin” icon on the Modify Panel…..




You are now free to move or delete the element accordingly.

Key Points:-

  • It is “very” easy to move or delete elements in Revit
  • Sometimes you move or delete elements accidentally
  • The Pin tool safeguards against this
  • You will need to “Unpin” pinned elements before you can move or delete them.
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