Revit Shortcuts: 50 Basic Tools and Commands

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Ever wished you could have a cheat sheet of all the handy Revit shortcuts? We’ve got your back! Hyperfine has been kind enough to put together a video of all the best shortcuts you need to know. Check out this article to see a list of 50 basic tools and commands for Revit!

50 Revit Shortcuts

1. Align (AL): Type. “AL.” Click on an object. Then click on the object you want to align to the first.

2. Array (AR): Click on the object. Type “AR.” Type in the number you want including the one you have selected and hit “enter.” Click anywhere and drag in the direction you want the array to go, then type in the value you want.

Revit shortcuts: array

3. Place a Component (CM): This is a shortcut to place any type of component in your project (toilets, refrigerators, casework, etc.). Use the search bar in the left properties box to quickly find what you are looking for.

4. Copy (CO): Select an object. Type “CO.” Click and place the copied object where you want it.

5. Create Similar (CS): Click on an object. Type “CS.” Click where you want to place your new object.

6. Cut Profiles (CX): This command is only for drafting views and will not affect the rest of your Revit model. Type “CX.” Select the object you want to change. Draw a line in between the orange boundary lines. Point the arrow towards the side you want to keep and hit “ok.”

Revit shortcuts: cut profiles

7. Dimensions (DI): Type “DI.” Click on the beginning point you want to measure from, then drag and click on the ending point.

8. Detail Line (DL): Type “DL.” Click where you want to begin the detail line. Then drag and click again to draw the line.

9. Mirror (DM): Select an object. Type “DM” and draw the line you want the object to reflect over, or type “MM” to select an existing line.

10. Door (DR): Type “DR” to place a door.

11. Override Graphics in View by Element (EEE): Using this shortcut will only affect the objects you have selected.

12. Edit Type (ET): “ET” Select an object. Type “ET.” To avoid altering every object in your Revit model, duplicate the object so you only change the settings of the one you have selected.

Revit shortcuts: edit type

13. Filter Selection (FFF): Select everything in your view. Type “FFF.” Use the dialog box to select only the objects you want.

14. Grid Lines (GR): Type “GR.” Click anywhere to start drawing your grid line. Drag and click again to finish it. They automatically number sequentially, so make sure you start with the number you want.

15. Temporarily Hide a Category (HC): Type “HC” then select the category you want to hide.

16. Temporarily Hide an Element (HH): Type “HH” then select the element you want to hide.

17. Temporarily Isolate and Element (HI): Type “HI” then select the element you want to isolate.

18. Reset Temporary Hiding Settings (HR): Type “HR” to reset the previous hide commands.

19. Half Tone an Element (HT): Type “HT” then select the element you want to halftone.

20. Half Tone a Category (HY): Type “HY” then select the category you want to halftone.

21. Keyboard Shortcuts (KS): Open the “keyboard shortcut” window to edit your Revit shortcuts.

Revit shortcuts: keyboard shortcuts

22. Load Family (LF): Type “LF” to open the “load family” dialog box.

23. Open Material Settings (M,): Type “M,” to open your “material browser.”

24. Match Type (MA): Select an object. Type “MA.” Select a new object to give it the same settings as the original object you selected.

25. Move (MV): Select the object you want to move. Type “MV.” Drag your mouse in the direction you want to move the object and type in the value you want to move it by.

26. Paint (PT): Type “PT” to quickly access your material browser and paint surfaces. Keep in mind this will change the appearance of a surface, but not the actual properties.

Revit shortcuts: paint

27. Edit Linework (QW): Type “QW.” Go to the line style dropdown menu and select what style you want your line to be. Then click on the line you want to change.

28. Scale (RE): Select your object. Type “RE.” Select the base point. Select the reference point. Drag the mouse in the direction you want to scale. Then type in the new value.

29. Filled Region (RF): Type “RF.” Select your line style from the dropdown menu and select the pattern from the properties box. Then click and drag to create the region.

30. Create Rooms (RM): Type “RM.” Click in areas that are bounded by walls to define a room.

31. Room Separator (RS): Type “RS.” Click and draw a line between walls to define the room.

Revit shortcuts: room separator

32. Create a Room That Spans Across a Wall: Select the wall that divides the room and uncheck “room bounding” in the properties box.

33. Rotate (RO): Select an object. Type “RO.” Drag the base point to where you want to rotate from. Select the reference line and drag in the direction you want to rotate. It’s best to type in an actual value.

34. Room Tag (RT): Type “RT.” Then click on each room to tag it with its name.

35. Select All (SA): Select an object, then type “SA” to select all visible instances of that object in the current view.

36. Create a Section (SE): Type “SE.” Use the parallel arrows to flip which direction it is facing and double click on the large arrow to view the section.

37. Split Face (SF): Type “SF.” Click on the face of the wall you want to split. Draw a line in between the orange boundary lines. Hit “ok.”

38. Split Line (SL): Type “SL.” Then click on the line you want to split. This will divide your model into separate sections that can be altered or deleted.

Revit shortcuts: split line

39. Sync to Central (SS): Type “SS” to open the “Synchronize with Central” dialog box. This is only valid if you are working in a Worksets enabled model. Make sure “user-created Worksets” is checked.

40. Tag Objects (TG): Type “TG.” Uncheck “leader” and click on the objects you want to tag.

41. Thin Lines (TL): Type “TL” to view your Revit model in thin lines.

42. Trim (TR): Type “TR” to use the trim tool.

43. Add Text Notes (TX): Type “TX” to quickly add text notes.

44. Visibility Graphics (VV or VG): Type “VV” or “VG” to open the “visibility/graphics” window.

45. Create a Wall (WA): Type “WA” to use the wall command.

46. Create a Window (WN): Type “WN” to use the window command.

47. Wall Reveal (WR): Type “WR.” Set the orientation to “horizontal” or “vertical” and click on the wall where you want the reveal to be located.

Revit shortcuts: wall reveal

48. Wall Sweep (WS): Type “WS.” Follow the same steps as the “WR” command.

49. Reselect Last Selection: Hit “ctrl” + “shift” + “left arrow” to re-select your last selection.

50. Paste a Line to Current View: Copy the object you want to paste by hitting “ctrl” + “C” then go to the view you want to paste to and hit “ctrl” + “shift” + “V.”

And there you have it! Your cheat sheet to 50 basic commands! If you want to learn even more tips and tricks, check out Hyperfine’s course on “Residential Architecture with Revit.”

What are your favorite Revit shortcuts to use? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Hacking!


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  8. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  9. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  10. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  11. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

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  12. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    This is my favorite site for practicing for my tests! Great advise and super helpful.

  13. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

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  14. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  15. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  16. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  17. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  18. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  19. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  20. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  21. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  22. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  23. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  24. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  25. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  26. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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