How to Navigate to Resource Files Without Hassle

Sometimes to take full advantage of Revit, you need to save and load external resource files.  These can be material libraries, pattern files, keyboard shortcut .xml files, etc.

It can be a pain to navigate through the file structure to get to these files, but there’s a shortcut method!

Say you’re trying to save your import line weights. (This is good to do if you ever import AutoCad files that use color to control line weights.)

Depending on your file permissions settings, you might get an error when you try to save to the default location (i.e. C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit LT 2016\Data).

Now to fix the problem, you have to navigate to that Data folder.  But it’s a pain!  The Save As window has a dropdown that shows you where to go, but it doesn’t let you copy the address.

So you could open up Windows Explorer and click through the folders until you get to the one you need.  But an easier method is to stay in the Save As window and create a desktop shortcut of one of the files.

After that, all you have to do is right click on the file on the desktop and choose “Open File Location.”  This will take you straight to the Data folder you were looking for!  There you can change the folder permissions, or just copy in the new line weight file manually if you saved it somewhere else.

This trick works for any folder that’s normally hard to get to.  If you can open a browser in Revit to see it, you can create a desktop shortcut.


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