Modify grids and grid lines in drawings

Tekla Structures
2024
Tekla Structures

Modify grids and grid lines in drawings

You can modify the properties of individual grids or grid lines in an open drawing. You can move grid labels in drawings by dragging them. This is useful if the grid label is covering an important area in a drawing. You can also hide grids and grid lines.

The grid and grid line selection switches are located at the bottom of the window.

Hiding grids on view and drawing level

To Do this
Hide grids in the selected view in the current drawing
  1. In an open drawing, double-click a drawing view frame.
  2. In view properties, in the options tree on the left, select Grid.
  3. In the grid visibility list at the top, select Not visible.
Hide grids in all drawing views in GA drawings
  1. In an open GA drawing, double-click the drawing background.
  2. Click the Grid... button.
  3. In the grid visibility list at the top, select Not visible.

Modify grid and grid line properties in drawings

You can modify properties of individual grids or grid lines in an open drawing, for example, hide the grid lines, change grid line and grid label settings, and select which labels are displayed.

  1. Ensure that you have the correct selection switch selected.
    To modify grids, use the Select grid selection switch, and to modify grid lines, use the Select grid line selection switch.
  2. Click the grid or a grid line.
    If the property pane is not open, double-click the grid or grid line. Tekla Structures displays grid properties or grid line properties, according to your selection.
  3. The Visibility option Visible shows both grid lines and grid labels in the drawing. If you want to see the grid labels only, select Only grid labels visible.
    If you want to set the grids invisible, you need to go to view properties.
  4. Modify the grid line and grid label properties as required.
    For example, modify the grid line extension length, grid line color and type, grid label font properties and grid label frame type.

    You can use a standard color or a custom RGB color.

  5. In Placing, select which grid labels you want to show.
  6. Click Modify.
Note: You can also set a fixed width for the grid label frames, a width factor for the grid label frames, or the label text font:

XS_GRID_TEXT_FONT

XS_DRAWING_GRID_LABEL_FRAME_FIXED_WIDTH

XS_DRAWING_GRID_LABEL_FRAME_LINE_WIDTH_FACTOR

Drag grid labels

Dragging grid labels is useful if the grid label is covering an important area in a drawing.

  1. Ensure that you have the Select grid line selection switch selected.
  2. Click a grid.
  3. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the label by the handle to a new location.

Hide grids or grid lines from drawing views

You can hide grids and grid lines if you do not want to show them in the drawing views on the screen.

  1. Ensure that you have the correct selection switch selected:

    To hide grids, use the Select grid selection switch, and to hide grid lines, use the Select grid line selection switch.

  2. Right-click the grid or the grid line and select Hide/Show > Hide from drawing view.
Tip:

If you want to show the hidden grids or grid lines, in an open drawing, press B until color mode is Color, right-click the grid or the grid line, and select Hide/Show > Show in drawing view. You can see and select the hidden grids and grid lines only in Color mode.

You can also change color mode in an open drawing through File > Settings > Color mode.

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