Another one of those rarely used tools – Show Hidden Lines

I have been using Revit for over 5 years now, and I don’t think I have ever used the Show Hidden Lines tool.  Am I the only one?  Basically, its a two pick tool, first pick for the ‘front’ element, second pick for the ‘back’ one – then, then lines from the back element will show through as Hidden Lines.

This tool is hiding on the View ribbon panel:

From the Wiki:
After you put detail components in the correct graphic draw order, you can use the Show Hidden Lines tool to obscure the lines behind a detail component.
Show Hidden Lines – WikiHelp

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Carl Veillette
9 years ago

On my side I use this tool every day in my structural steel detailling workflow. As required by standards we show overlayed structural elemenys by using this tool.

9 years ago

IMHO this button should be in the detailing panel and not in the view… i was looking for this type of tool for long and ended up doing line work by hand instead, until i accidentally discovered it in the view panel 🙂

Chris Heinaranta
9 years ago

Definately a hidden gem. Right up there with Cut Profile.

Dave Jones
9 years ago

just wish it worked with linked files!

Caterpillar Equipment
9 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

Deepesh Wig
8 years ago

@Dave Jones: Totally agree. Had to spend a frustrating 30 minutes adding hidden linework!