Revit 3d view section box

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There are a number of tips and tricks related to Revit’s Section Box feature. I will share several of them in this post. Please add any additional tips you may have in the comments section below.

A Section Box can be activated in a 3D or Camera view via Properties as shown in the image below.

Once activated, and selected, each of the six sides of the Section Box can be adjusted using the grips. The grips are always centered on each face.
About those grips… they can be hard to find and tricky to select. Knowing they are always in the center helps in locating them. If you click and miss the grip, the Section Box deselects—which is a pain. Notice the grip is composed of two arrows? If you single-click one side, or the other, the Section Box face will adjust a slight amount in the direction selected.

In addition to the six grips, there is also a quick access Rotation icon, see the image above.

For more control in sizing and rotating the Section Box, I like to adjust it in plan, elevation and section views. You can make the Section Box visible by selecting it in the 3D view and then using Ctrl+Tab to step through the open views. This requires the plan or elevation view to already be open. Additionally, the Section Box will become deselected if you step into another project or family.

Another option is to open the plan or elevation view and then right-click on the 3D view in the Project Browser as shown in the image below. Any 3D or Camera view with Section Box checked will show this option.

Once selected, you can drag a side to be more accurately centered on a wall (in plan) or above/below a floor (in elevation).

When the Section Box is selected, in a plan view, use the rotate command. The angled element in the next two images is a good example of when rotating a Section Box can be helpful.
 In this example, the floor cut aligns with the element and the adjacent columns are excluded.
Another great way to leverage the Section Box tool is via the Selection Boxcommand. Select one or more elements, as in the image below, and then click the Selection Box command.
The result is your default 3D view is opened and the Section Box is turned on and adjusted around the selected elements as shown in the next image.
In general, I like to think of this as a “throw-away” Section Box. Seeing as it is applied to the default 3D view, I am guessing that was the developers intent as well. When done with this Section Box, just turn it off. A view does not remember a previous position of an adjusted Section Box… thus, whenever it is toggled back on, it will reset to align with the extents of the model. If you want to save a Section Box adjustment, for future review, or to place on a sheet, simply make a copy of the default 3D view.
 Of course, the Section Box can be adjusted as needed,,,
If the cropped view will be placed on a sheet you may want to turn off the Section Box visibility via Visibility/Graphics Overrides.
As long as the original element(s) is within the Section Box, it is possible to use the Displace Elements command to preposition items outside of the Section Box as shown in the image below.

Finally, the Section Box can be used to save a lot of time when rendering a still image in Revit. I talked about this in the ArchVision webinar... click here to see my post about that and watch the recording.


To display the section box, in the Properties palette for a 3D view, select Section Box. When a section box is first displayed, the extents of the visible geometry are used to define the extents of the section box. Select the section box and use the grip controls to resize the extents.

How do I open a section box in Revit?

Section Box Tool

  1. First of all select the object(s) you want to section box.
  2. Go to the Modify tab on the ribbon bar.
  3. Under the group called “View” select “Section Box”

Why can’ti see my section box Revit?

In the view properties tick the box for “Section box” This should reveal and activate the section box in the 3D view, if you can’t see it you may need to reveal hidden elements and unhide it. Using the grips on the section box resize and position it as required.

How do I change a section box in Revit?

In Revit®, the ‘Section Box’ command is used to clip the viewable portion of a 3D view. You can activate it simply by checking the Section Box entry in Properties – Extents. After enabling the section box, you can modify its extents using ‘drag’ controls in the 3D view.

How do you save a section box in Revit?


  1. Create a duplicate view: In the Project Browser, right-click the 3D view to export, and click Duplicate View Duplicate. …
  2. Add a section box: For information about section boxes, see Change the Extents of a 3D View. …
  3. Export the 3D view defined by the section box: Click File tab Export, and select an export option.

How do you unhide a scope box in Revit?

In the drawing area, select the scope box you want to hide, and do either of the following:

  1. Click Modify | Scope Boxes tab View panel Hide in View drop-down (Hide Elements).
  2. Right-click a scope box, and click Hide in view Elements.

Why is scope box greyed out Revit?

The reason for this weird behaviour is simple: it turned out that Scope Box parameter becomes read-only if you modify the Crop Cregion sketch. Since the Revit Scope Box is a cube, it can’t be applied to those views that have non-rectangular Crop Region!

How do I reset a selection box in Revit?

To reset your view, go to the Properties Menu and under the Extents tab. There should be a check box by the Selection box option which turns your Selection Box on and off. Enjoy the video!

How do you remove a section box?

Under Available Sections, select the section you want to modify and click Modify. Click the Boxes tab. Select the box you want to modify. Click Delete box and click OK.

How do I hide section views in Revit?


  1. Choose the first section line and in Properties change View name to Building Section. …
  2. Choose which parameter will control visibility. …
  3. In the View tab, select Visibility / Graphics. ( …
  4. Go to the Filters tab, select Add in the lower-left corner.

How do you scale a 3D object in Revit?

Select the elements to scale, and then click Modify | . Click Modify tab Modify panel (Scale), select the elements to scale, and then press Enter .

How do you crop a 3D view in Revit?

Use the Size Crop tool to change the size of a perspective view to place on a sheet. Select the crop boundary then click on the Size Crop tool. Use the Scale (locked proportions) to keep the same proportions. Change the values until you get the size you want.

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In Revit we can use section boxes to crop our 3D views to size, but did you know that Revit has an Automatic Section Box tool?

Section Box Tool

In Revit you can manually adjust a section box to get the desired view but by using the section box tool, Revit will automatically create a section box around any selected object or group of selected objects.

  • First of all select the object(s) you want to section box.
  • Go to the Modify tab on the ribbon bar.
  • Under the group called “View” select “Section Box”

Revit will now crop a 3D view to your selection.


This is a really useful tool for creating section boxes, no need to manually drag section boxes trying the get the desired results, simply make your selection and press the button. For more information on this blog post or if you have any other questions/requirements, please complete the below form:

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Revit Section Box Tips and Tricks

Aside from its many instruments and functionalities for enhancing and smoothing the working experience, the most recent version of the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit® also includes a feature for simplifying the 3D editing and viewing processes, called Section Box, which allows users to swiftly manage the section box extends in real-time, with a simple mouse scrolling.

In Revit®, the ‘Section Box’ command is used to clip the viewable portion of a 3D view. You can activate it simply by checking the Section Box entry in Properties – Extents.

After enabling the section box, you can modify its extents using ‘drag’ controls in the 3D view. You can also modify extents from other views (e.g.a plan or an elevation view).

It is worth mentioning that the Section box extents are not cropped by the view’s crop area.

Enabling the Section Box feature

Figure 1 - Enabling the Section Box feature

On our add-on, the ‘Section Box’ can be enabled by clicking on it under 3D Views panel of the PowerPack Ribbon.

"3D Views" category on PowerPack for Revit's ribbon

Figure 2 - "3D Views" category on PowerPack for Revit's ribbon

A major improvement that our tool features is that you can choose on which axis to narrow or expand the section box by simply holding the CTRL key and scrolling. In order to achieve this, you will need to make use of the other options related to this tool: X Axis, Y Axis, Z Axis, Cutting Step, and Reverse Plane.

Additional options for Section Box usage

Figure 3 - Additional options for Section Box usage

To section your model in real-time, hold the CTRL key and scroll using the middle mouse button.

By choosing x, y or z Axis from the drop-down list located at the top right corner of the 3D Views panel, besides the ‘Section Box’ button, you will be able to modify the desired plane to cut through. The axis currently selected is also displayed on the ribbon.

Cutting the view with X Axis enabled

Figure 4 - Cutting the view with X Axis enabled

Introducing values followed by symbol units (m, cm, mm, etc.) for the Cutting Step will change the offset dimension with which you cut when scrolling. Simply enter your value and then press <Enter>.

Cutting the view by changing the Cutting Step value

Figure 5 - Cutting the view by changing the Cutting Step value

The last option, Reverse Plane, gives you flexibility with a single click: it enables you to reverse the cutting plane, thus enabling the opposite one and allowing you to modify it according to your desires.

Cutting the view by using Reverse Plane option

Figure 6 - Cutting the view by using Reverse Plane option


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