Stick a Pin in It

When a project team collaborates on a building project using Revit, it is very important that all team members maintain consistency between the different models.  One of the important aspects of consistency is to ensure that everyone is designing their building components to the same coordinate relationship as the other team members.  Team members will link Revit project files from other team members into their file via various positioning methods.  Correct positioning is important and maintaining that positioning is even more important.  It can create havoc in a project when a linked model file gets moved and building components start getting placed in positions not consistent with the linked model’s original location.

The first thing to do after linking a Revit project file into another file is to:  PIN IT.

Revit gives you the ability to pin an item in place so that it does not get accidentally moved.  Many Revit users come from AutoCAD, which does not have this ability, and thus may not be aware of this function.  While it is a handy tool for various objects, it is an important tool for linked Revit files.

To pin any object in Revit, highlight the object, then select the Pin command on the Modify panel.  (PN is the default keyboard shortcut for the Pin command.)


This is a very simple thing to do, but is so very important to help prevent the linked file from being relocated.

Note that an object that has been pinned can be unpinned via the Unpin command directly above the Pin command.

Beginning with Revit 2014, it is possible to also configure a setting that prevents a user from accidentally selecting a linked file.  This setting is located under the Modify command of the Select panel.  Pick on the arrow to expand it, then remove the checkmark next to the Select links option.  Linked files cannot be selected (accidentally or intentionally) when this box is not checked.



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