Revit Math Trick

Did you know that you can quickly do the math in Revit?

You don’t need to have a separate calculator to be able to figure out how much the difference or additional distance you would like an element to move.

To demonstrate, suppose I have the dimension shown in Figure 1 below with a current dimension at 2833 mm and I would like to move the vertical lines in such a way that the final dimension should only be 2780 mm.

Figure 1: Dimension showing at 2833mm

For some who do not know this trick, the tendency will be to get a calculator and calculate the difference. In this case, 2833 – 2780 = 53. It will be an additional step for the Revit user. If you can’t find a calculator, you’ll have to use your browser to do the math where in fact you can do it within Revit by simply selecting the lines and use ‘=’ (equal) sign followed by 2833-2780 as shown in Figure 2 below.

Figure 2: Moving element by using equal mathematical function

Basically, we have to select the elements first to be moved, which are the vertical lines, then hit the move command or use the default shortcut ‘MV’ from your keyboard, then enter =2833-2780.

And the result is:

Figure 3: Dimension showing at 2780mm

Do you know of any other tricks? Please share below and spread the knowledge.

I hope you’ll find it useful.

Have a great day.