|Mouse and pointer settings
You can configure your mouse and pointer settings to suit the way you work using:
• Drag and drop
Pan toggles the function of the middle mouse button between panning and scrolling. Toswitch between scrolling and panning, click Tools > Options > Middle Button Pan, or pressShift+M. Scrolling moves the “viewer”, and panning moves the model. Hold down the middle button and drag the pointer away from the origin of the object. To scroll faster, drag the pointer farther from the origin mark; drag closer to slow down. You can use Scroll and Panwhen other commands are active.
With Drag and drop active, you can use drag and drop to move or copy parts. You can also modify polygon shape using drag and drop. You cannot drag and drop components, component parts, bolts, or welds.
Activate To toggle Drag and drop on and off, use the keystroke D, or Tools > Options > Drag and Drop.
It remains active until you switch it off.
Tekla Structures remembers this setting between sessions by user name.
|To avoid accidentally dragging and dropping parts, de-activate drag and drop when you are not using it.|
|Smart Select With both Drag and Drop and Smart Select active, you can drag and drop handles without
selecting them first.
To toggle SmartSelect on and off, use the keystroke S, or select Tools> Options > Smart Select. It remains active until you switch it off.
With Xmouse active, moving the pointer over a view activates the view. Without Xmouseyou have to click on a view to activate it. To toggle Xmouse on or off, click Tools > Options >Xmouse. A checkmark appears next to the menu option if Xmouse is already active.
Using Xmouse Xmouse is useful when you are using two views that partly overlap. See the following examples:
• If you want to pick beam positions from two overlapping views, with Xmouse active you simply move the pointer over the view to activate it.
• With Xmouse active, you can also use the Page Up, Page Down and arrow keys in overlapping views, without having to click a view to activate it first..
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Xsnap helps you to snap to the correct points by giving you visual cues. As you move thepointer over an object, Tekla Structures automatically highlights the points it suggests you snap to.
Activate To toggle Xsnap on and off, use the keystroke T or Tools > Options > Xsnap. It will stay active
until you turn it off.
Tekla Structures remembers this setting by session and user name.
Snap switches Use snap switches to control the kind of items to which the cursor reacts
As you move the mouse pointer over objects in rendered model views, Tekla Structures highlights the objects in yellow, so that you can easily see which objects you can select.
|Activate To turn Rollover highlight on and off, press H or click Tools > Options > Rollover highlight.
In Tekla Structures, you can use phases to break up a model into different sections. Phases are often used to indicate erection sequences. You can create reports and views, hide objects, and copy objects from other models, according to their phase number.
Example For example, you have a large project on which several users will work simultaneously in single-
user mode. First create a basic model which includes, for example, the columns. This is phase 1. You then copy this basic model to all users.
Each user then works on a separate part of the building. As each part of the model is completed, you can copy it back to the basic model as a separate phase (phase 2, 3, etc.).
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|Use the Components dialog box to set various default values for numbering, coefficients, profile names and connections. To open the Components dialog box, click Tools > Options >Options… > Components.|
|See also||To save your settings, click Apply or OK.
Preferences in the online help
Orientation marking settings in the online help
|You can specify the color of some model objects by defining their class with a number.
You can also use the object representation settings to specify colors for defined object groups. You have the following color options:
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|light gray or white||1|
|red||2 or 0|
|You may also need to use the numbers of colors with some variables, for exampleXS_CLASH_CHECK_COLOR. For more information, see the online help.|
|Tekla Structures also includes the following general settings:
Use Snap grid when picking a point using the Snap to any position snap switch. To define a snap grid, click Tools > Options > Options… > Mousesettings.
Enter the following information:
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With this switch active, Tekla Structures warns you with a beep when an error occurs. ClickTools > Options > Beep to toggle this switch on and off.