This tip focuses on techniques to more efficiently review or print your drawing layouts to hide certain symbols of measurements within the same Symbols Group. The first technique is to use the pull down for the Symbols Group, shown in Figure 1, you can select specific Symbol Groups to be displayed one at a time, or using the yellow plus symbol to select one-to-many symbol groups at a time.

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In figure 2, there are a number of symbols and measurements of cable shown on the drawing. You can begin to isolate or hide individual symbols or measurements for even finer review and printing options. For instance, the 1PR #18STP cable for the speakers shown on the drawing can be hidden by right clicking with your mouse on the specific symbol or measurement and selecting Hide.

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Figure 3 shows the cable temporarily hidden from view. Note the asterisk beside the cable identification on the right which indicates the symbol is being hidden at this time.

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Figure 4 shows right clicking with your mouse on another symbol and in this case the 1C-Speaker. Another option is to select the Hide All But This.

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Figure 5 now only shows the 1C-Speakers. Again note the asterisks alongside each symbol and measurement indicating that they are temporarily hidden.

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Figure 6 shows that right clicking on the 1PR#18 STP cable and selecting Show.

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Figure 7 shows the results of the actions in Figure 6 above.

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These techniques can be useful:

  • During the takeoff process to help focus directly on a specific symbol or measurement.
  • Review a specific system at the estimate level or change order level.
  • Saving/Snipping/Printing drawings that can isolate specific systems for direct field use.

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