Many of us are installing lots of Addins into Revit these days.  Some addins, like Scan to BIM, create their own complete ribbon panel.  This functionality could be re-appropriated into a solution to the “too many addins” problem.

I think it would be great to have a little widget or customization tool that allows an additional addins Ribbon to be created (eg Addins2), so that you can reduce the sometimes very congested “look” of the single Addins panel in Revit.

Jeremy notified me that the samples provide essentially this capability:

and I did get started on something, but I only got this far and don’t really have time to finish the job:

So if anyone out there wants to look into creating a nice and easy ribbon customization tool, let me know and I will definitely post about it.

Quick fix for Revit 2012:

  1. Close Revit
  2. Go here, download and extract ZIP
  3. Go to Revit 2012 Program folder and rename AdWindows.dll to AdWindows.dll_OLD
  4. Copy AdWindows.dll from the extracted folder to the Revit 2012 Program folder
  5. Open Revit Architecture 2012 – your ribbon problems should be fixed

For Revit 2013 links, see below:
Ribbon behavior problems occur in Revit 2012 and 2013 after the installation of Microsoft .NET 4.5, which is one of the pre-requisite for Revit 2014. This is why this problem is typically encountered after Revit 2014 is installed side-by-side with a previous version of Revit. For those using Revit 2012, the Autodesk Revit 2012 – Ribbon behavior due to .Net 4.5 installation hotfix will resolve this problem. And for Revit 2013 users, the fix is included in the latest update releases, which are available from the following links: Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, andRevit.

Tony Michniewicz
Autodesk Revit QA

Related forum thread:

This fixed some persistent crashes on my AutoCAD install – here is the link if you haven’t installed it yet.

It needs to be installed AFTER Service Pack 1.

Direct links copied below:

AutoCAD® 2012 Based Products (zip – 937Kb) (zip – 1011Kb)
Readme (htm – 45Kb)

AutoCAD® LT 2012 (zip – 937Kb) (zip – 1012Kb)
Readme (htm – 45Kb)

Autodesk – AutoCAD Services & Support – AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2012 SP1 Ribbon Hotfix

The easiest way I have found to get the buttons back is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for each command, where upon, once used the buttons themselves seem to magically reappear in the ribbon. The keyboard shortcuts are PE for Parallel Pipe and PO for Parallel Conduit.

Applied Software Blog: RMEP Parallel Pipe and Parallel Conduit Command Buttons

In previous versions of Revit, you could ‘re-paint’ surfaces using the By Category material.

However, this is not available in Revit 2012.

Instead, you need to use the drop-down arrow associated with the Paint tool – this will reveal the ‘Remove Paint‘ button (see image below).

Also, note that I have moved the Modify ribbon panel to be next to the Home panel.  Do you know how to do this?

Just hold Ctrl and click and drag the Ribbon Panel title to put it where you want it…

If you are running Revit French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simpl. Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Braz. Portuguese versions, you may need this…

This hotfix addresses issues related to incorrect icon displays in the Ribbon UI after installation.
Affected Products:
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simpl. Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Braz. Portuguese
Autodesk Revit Structure 2012: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simpl. Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Braz. Portuguese
Autodesk Revit MEP 2012: French, Italian, German, Simpl. Chinese, Russian, Braz. Portuguese
Note: This does not apply to English versions of Revit 2012 products.
The Readme contains the latest information regarding the installation and use of this update. It is strongly recommended that you read the entire document before you apply the update to your product. For your reference, you should save the Readme to your hard drive or print a copy.

Brazilian Portuguese

Revit_ (zip – 449Kb)
Revit_ (zip – 449Kb)
Readme (htm – 87Kb)

Autodesk – Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support – Hotfix – Incorrect Ribbon Icons

This release contains 21 free features including:

• Case Check
• Renumber
• Wall Filter
• Find Rooms
• FTP Login
• Convert

Here are some direct links to the setup files:

Revit 2012 – Windows 7 and Vista

Revit 2012 – Windows XP

Revit 2011 – Windows 7 and Vista

Revit 2011 – Windows XP

PDF description of the Tools

Here is a link to the main page for these tools:
Charlotte’s Revit User Group

If you are having problems related to the Ribbon or the dockable palettes in 2010, you should start by resetting the user interface:

You would like to reset the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 user interface (i.e. the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar, and Project Browser) back to the out-of-the-box version and remove any customization that has been applied.
Download and run the following script on your computer:

autodesk_revit_architecture_ui_reset_2011.vbs (vbs – 6Kb)

More instructions here

I recently stumbled across the fix for an issue that has annoyed me for ages.

The problem we had was that Revit would always crash when tearing off any ribbon panel. This issue affected two of our high end Vista 64 bit Workstations. I had tried many things to fix the issue, all to no avail. So, are you ready for the solution?

Both of these workstations were running a pre-release version of Service Pack 2 for Vista. The Windows desktop had the following text imprinted on it – Build 6002 – Evaluation Version. I determined that this note referred to a Release Candidate of Service Pack 2, and not to the actual licensing of Vista itself. The fix is as follows:

  1. Uninstall Service Pack 2. (Go to Control Panel – Programs and Features. Then click ‘View Installed Updates’. The update is labeled as Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB948465). Once this was uninstalled, I could now tear off the ribbon panels successfully, with no crashes.
  2. To put Service Pack 2 on, you can use a couple of methods. After removing SP2, I allowed Windows Update to install updates. However, this did not reinstate SP2 onto my system.
  3. I then downloaded the Service Pack 2 package for 64 bit, and installed it. Finally, I was back at SP2, and my ribbon panels would still tear off without any crashing!

Please note that this process will probably take a couple of hours. However, I am very happy that I can now tear off the Workplane ribbon panel – it is very handy to have that panel always visible.I guess I better contact Autodesk now and notify them of the fix…this Service Request has been open since 23 June 2009!