Modify, arrange and align drawing views

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Modify, arrange and align drawing views

Note that you need to set the XS_VIEW_FRAMES_VISIBLE to TRUE if you want to show drawing view frames all the time. If you set this advanced option to FALSE (default), the drawing view frames are hidden until you move the mouse pointer over the view.

Resize the drawing view boundary

The view boundary or view restriction box is the dashed frame around the contents of a drawing view, which becomes visible when you click the view frame. You can resize the view boundary, for example, to show just a specific part of the view contents.

When you select a view, the view boundary is highlighted also in other views. When you change the selected view's boundary in the other views using view boundary handles, the change can be seen in the view boundary of the selected view. This way you can easily adjust the section view plane and view depth, and you do not need to go to the view properties to do this.

  1. Click the view frame.
  2. Click one of the handles on the view boundary.
  3. Drag the handles along the x or y axis of the view.

    When the view boundary changes size, the view frame adjusts with the new boundary size.

    For more information about visualizing views in other views, see the following advanced options:

(1) View boundary handle

(2) View boundary

(3) View frame

(4) Resized view boundary and view


In the example below, the section view in the bottom-left corner has been selected, and the view boundary is highlighted in two other views. You can change the view boundary of the selected view in the other views by dragging the view boundary handles, to change the section view depth, for example.

Drag drawing views

You can move drawing views by dragging.

  1. Click the view frame.

  2. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the view to a new location.

    The view follows the cursor while you drag the view, which makes it easier to follow the view movement.


When you drag a view, its placing setting may change to Fixed depending on what is set for the advanced option XS_​CHANGE_​DRAGGED_​VIEWS_​TO_​FIXED. This advanced option is by default set to TRUE, which means that the placing setting changes to Fixed when the view is dragged.

Rotate drawing views

You can rotate the drawing views in open drawings.

  1. In an open drawing, click the frame of the drawing view you want to rotate.
  2. On the Views tab on the ribbon, click Rotate view.
  3. Enter the angle in degrees, for example, 90 or -90, in the displayed dialog box and click Rotate.

Align drawing views

You can align views vertically or horizontally.

  1. Select a drawing view in an open drawing, then right-click to display the pop-up menu.
  2. Select Align vertically from the pop-up menu.
  3. Pick a point in the selected view.
  4. Pick a point in the view with which you want to align the selected view.

    Tekla Structures moves the views so that the picked points line up vertically.

    You can align the selected drawing view horizontally by selecting the Align horizontally command from the pop-up menu.

Arrange drawing views

You can fit the drawing views so that they include all connected objects, and rearrange the drawing views using the drawing's current layout properties.

  • On the Views tab, click Arrange.

  • Arrange views only affects views where the Place option is set to Free in the view properties. Fixed views are not moved.

  • If you have set XS_​CHANGE_​DRAGGED_​VIEWS_​TO_​FIXED to TRUE (default) and drag a view in a drawing, the view becomes fixed, and the Arrange views command does not work

  • Arrange views may change the drawing size if you have used automatic scaling of drawing views.

Modify drawing view properties

You can modify view properties in the final drawing view by view or in selected views.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If you want to modify the properties in several views, hold down Ctrl, click the view frames of the views you want to modify, and on the Drawing tab, click Properties > View.

    • To modify the properties of one view, double-click the view frame.

  2. Modify the view properties as required.

    For example, change the view Scale.

  3. Click Modify.
  4. If there are some object level settings that you want to apply, click the Edit settings... button and load the object settings that you want to use. Click Modify.
    For more information about drawing view properties, see View properties in drawings.

Relabel section views or detail views

When you have removed section views or detail views from a drawing, you can use macros to relabel all the section views or detail views to have continuous labeling again (A-A, B-B, etc.).
  1. In an open drawing where you have removed section views or detail views, click the Applications & components button in the side pane to open the Applications & components catalog.
  2. Click the arrow next to Applications to open the applications list.
    You can also search for Relabel section views or Relabel section views.
  3. Do one of the following depending on whether you want to relabel section views or detail views:
    • Double-click Relabel section views.

    • Double-click Relabel detail views.

Section views or detail views are relabeled so that they have continuous labeling again. You will get a message, when the relabeling is completed.
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