Copy properties from another object

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Copy properties from another object

Use the Copy properties command in the property pane to copy model object properties from one model object to another. Alternatively, you can use the contextual toolbar if you want to quickly copy properties to a few objects only.

Copy model object properties by using the property pane

You can use the property pane to copy properties between any objects as long as both of the objects have the same property available. Use this method when you need to copy properties to a large number of objects.

  1. Select the object you want to copy properties from.
  2. Click Copy properties in the property pane.

    The mouse pointer changes into a paintbrush. In the property pane, all the properties are selected.

  3. Select the objects you want to copy properties to.

    You can use area selection to quickly select a large number of objects.

  4. In the property pane, Tekla Structures highlights the modified properties in yellow.

    If you want to discard some of the changes, remove the check marks next to the properties. The original value is then used instead of the copied value.

    You can clear the check marks one by one, or select a whole section and all its properties, or use the Select All and Select None switches at the bottom of the property pane to select all the changes or to clear all the changes.

    If you use the Select None switch, the check boxes for all of the fields are still shown and you can select which properties will be copied.

  5. Click Modify or press Enter.

    When the properties have been copied, the mouse pointer returns to normal.

    Note that if you have customized the property pane and added user-defined attributes (UDAs) to it, the values of the UDAs are copied when you use the Copy properties command in the property pane. Values of the UDAs that are visible only in the UDA dialog boxes are not copied with the object. Unique user-defined attributes (unique_attribute) are not copied with the object.

    Tip:

    To copy properties to multiple objects, double-click the Copy properties button to keep the Copy properties command running. Click Modify after each selected object. The mouse pointer remains in the paintbrush mode until you press Esc or click again.

Copy object properties by using the contextual toolbar

Use this method when you want to quickly copy properties to a few objects only.

  1. Select the object you want to copy properties from.
  2. Click Copy properties on the contextual toolbar.

    The mouse pointer changes into a paintbrush.

  3. Select the object you want to copy properties to.

    When the properties have been copied, the mouse pointer returns to normal.

    Note that user-defined attributes (UDAs) are not copied with the object, even if you have customized the contextual toolbar and added UDAs to it.

  4. To copy properties to multiple objects, double-click the Copy properties button.

    Now you can copy properties to multiple objects. The pointer remains in the paintbrush mode until you press Esc or start another command.

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