When you start Revit for the first time, the Properties palette is open and docked above the on the left side of the drawing area. If you subsequently close the Properties palette, you can reopen it using any of the following methods:
You can dock the palette to either side of the Revit window and resize it horizontally. You can resize it both horizontally and vertically when it is undocked. The display and location of the palette will persist from one session to the next for the same user.
If no tool for placing elements is active, and no elements are selected, the palette displays the instance properties for the active view. (You can also access the instance properties of a view by selecting it in the .)
When a tool for placing elements is active, or elements of the same type are selected in the drawing area, the Type Selector displays at the top of the Properties palette. It identifies the currently selected family type and provides a drop-down from which you can select a different type.
To make the Type Selector available when the Properties palette is closed, right-click within the Type Selector, and click Add to Quick Access Toolbar. To make the Type Selector available on the Modify tab, right-click within the Properties palette, and click Add to Ribbon Modify Tab. Each time you select an element, it will be reflected on the Modify tab.
Immediately below the Type Selector is a filter that identifies the category of the elements a tool will place, or the category and number of elements selected in the drawing area. If multiple categories or types are selected, only the instance properties common to all display on the palette. When multiple categories are selected, use the filter’s drop-down to view only the properties for a specific category or for the view itself. Selecting a specific category does not affect the overall selection set.
Unless elements of different types are selected, the Edit Type button accesses a dialog where you can view and modify the type properties of the selected element (or those of the view, depending on how the properties filter is set; see ). For more information on the distinction between instance properties and type properties, see .
In most cases (see exceptions in note below), the Properties palette displays both user-editable and read-only (shaded) instance properties. A property may be read-only because its value is calculated or assigned automatically by the software, or because it depends on the setting of another property. For example, a wall’s Unconnected Height property is only editable if the value of its Top Constraint property is Unconnected. For specific dependencies, see the instance property descriptions for individual element types, such as .