Get familiar with the user interface
When you open a Tekla Structures model, a new window appears. By default, the user interface will look something like this:
(1) This is your Tekla Structures model. If you are starting a completely new project, you will only see the default model view and an empty grid at this point.
(2) The green cube symbol represents the global coordinate system and it lies at the global origin (x=0, y=0, z=0).
(3) The box around the grid represents the work area. In a view, you can only see the parts that are within this area. Objects that are outside the work area exist in the model, but they are not visible. You can shrink and expand the work area to suit your needs. You can also hide the work area box.
(4) The coordinate symbol with the three axes x, y, and z represents the local coordinate system. It also indicates the direction of the model.
(5) The File menu is where you manage your models. You can save models, print drawings, and import and export models, among other things.
(6) The ribbon contains all the commands and other functions you will use when building your model. You can customize the ribbon according to your needs.
(7) By default, the Quick Access Toolbar contains the Save, Undo, Redo, and Undo history shortcuts icons.
(8) If you cannot find the command or dialog box you are looking for, search with Quick Launch.
(9) Use the side pane on the right side of the screen to view model objects properties, add reference models and components, attach point clouds, use custom inquiry, or to find direct access to Tekla Online services.
(10) The work plane handler toolbar controls which work plane you currently have in use in the model.
(11) The selection switches control which objects you can select.
(12) The snap switches control which positions you can pick when creating objects.
(13) When you create objects, the status bar will tell you how to proceed and when to pick points.