Have you ever created a callout in a floor plan view and then tried to place an elevation in that callout only to find that the elevation icon is grayed out? For users who are not as familiar with Revit this can be very frustrating. Now, I usually cover topics dealing with families, but I’ve run across this a few times in the past couple of weeks here in my office. So I thought it might strike a cord with some of you.
Like most things in Revit there is a logical explanation for why this happens. When placing a callout in a plan view there are two different callout families to choose from, Floor Plan and Detail View.
When making a callout in a floor plan to create an enlarged view of a particular area, you must make sure you choose Floor Plan if you want to add elevations to that callout view. If you choose Detail, Revit assumes you are creating a detail and doesn’t allow you to add elevation views to it.
Then of course the bubble is filled out once you drag the view to a sheet.
So the next time you create an enlarged view and wonder why you can’t place an elevation in that view, check to make sure the family is a Floor Plan callout and not a Detail View callout.