Most of you know that in Revit 2014, you can stack Project Browser, Properties Palette and other “panes” on top of each other, resulting in a tabbed dialog.

But did you know you can also drop them beside each other, resulting in a Split Pane view?  Like this:

Note: you can also do this with panes stacked on top of each other.  And, it is not limited to two panes vertically or horizontal, you can do a mixture, like this:

A UI Toolkit is essentially a tool used by developers to create the user interface for a program.

I previously posted about the apparent limitations of the current Revit UI Toolkit.

In David Conant’s post on Inside the Factory, we get a similar insight into this fundamental yet apparently weak element of Revit development.

Some are the result of constraints imposed by current interface tools, others reflect deeper issues in the Revit data structure and regeneration engines.

Inside the Factory: Revit Schedules: A Love Hate relationship

Steve at Revit OpEd has posted about how he feels about the Properties Palette and other interface items here.

I recommend you also check out the comments – Troy Gates makes a very interesting comment where he refers to this AUGI thread. In this thread, Troy mentions a registry setting that some of you (particularly those deploying Revit 2011 to lots of Clients) may be very interested in…a setting that allows the ‘default’ or preset Properties Palette to be set without opening Revit!

If you really hate the ribbon (also widely known as DLM – Drunken Leprechaun Mode) in 2010, give this a go:

  1. Create this file:
    C:Program FilesAutodesk Revit Architecture 2010ProgramDebug.ini
  2. In this file, type:

When you next open Revit, you will be using the ‘Classic’ UI.If the above is too much of a pain for you, go to and get the AutoHotKey executable that does it for you (you will need to login).

If you want to use your 2009 Keyboard Shortcuts, make a copy of your 2009 keyboard shortcuts file in your 2010 program folder and rename it “KeyboardShortcutsOld.txt”. Restart Revit.

(it really does work)

Thanks to ArchTech and the AUGI Forums for this.Use this at your own risk, and keep in mind that Autodesk will not support issues specifically related to use of the ‘superseded’ user interface. Enjoy!

I am a keen Revit user from Australia, and I would love to share the things I have learned.

As you know, Revit can be quite quirky and temperamental. However, if you really give Revit what it wants, it will reward you by operating in a predictable, productive manner.
This blog will give you specific, brief tips on how you can give Revit what it wants.
To begin with, I would like to give credit to some of the sources of my knowledge to this point:
I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you all!