How to Lock 3D View in Revit

As a Revit user, you may have accidentally changed a 3D view due to unintentional rotations or movements, which is quite annoying. This is where the Lock 3D View feature in Revit comes in. This often overlooked feature provides a great solution to secure and lock your 3D views.

Additionally, there is not only the possibility to lock your 3D views, but also to save the positions as a duplicated 3D view. With this method, you could save multiple 3D views and preserve the orientation to improve your workflow.

In this article, we are going to take a look at how to save and Lock your 3D Views in Revit, and how to tag and restore 3D Views.

Saving 3D Views

Before we are going to lock the 3D view, we are first going to take a look at how to save a 3D view in Revit. Saving a 3D view allows you to easily go back to the orientation it was after you have panned or zoomed around your model. This, recombination with locking your view can really improve your workflow.

If you have not saved a 3D View in Revit before, it may not be immediately obvious or easy to find this feature. Nonetheless, it’s a relatively easy task that you can do in a few steps.

At first, you have to open or create any 3D View, by using the Default 3D View button, for example. Change the orientation of the 3D until you are satisfied. It is also possible to save the view first before you customize the orientation of the 3D view.

  1. In the workspace go to the top right corner, and right-click on the ViewCube
  2. The ViewCube menu opens > Select Save View
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  1. Enter a name for the new 3D View
  2. Click OK
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The new 3D View will appear under the 3D Views section inside the Project Browser after saving when using the default Browser Organization.

Lock 3D View Revit

When working with Revit, I often have a 3D view open in a separate window. Now there is nothing more annoying than accidentally rotating the 3D view. This is where locking the 3D view in Revit comes in. This feature is, just like saving the view, quite unknown, but very handy.

To lock the 3D view in Revit:

  1. Click on the Unlocked 3D View button in the View Control bar at the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Save Orientation and Lock View
save orientation and lock view

The 3D View is now Locked with a saved orientation, which will only allow you to zoom in or out and pan through the view. Of course, it is possible to unlock the 3D View by using the same function and then choosing Unlock View.

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Additionally, Revit provides a helpful feature to restore the latest saved orientation when you accidentally modify the 3D View or change your mind after unlocking the 3D View. You can use the same function but then choose to Restore Orientation and Lock View.

restore orientation and lock view


After locking the 3D View, you are unable to use the ViewCube. Unlock the 3D View to make the ViewCube usable again.

Locking the 3D view isn’t possible in the online viewer from Revit, but there we can set an orientation as “home” position, allowing us to easily go back to the saved view.

Tagging Elements in Locked 3D View

Tagging elements in the 3D view is great when working with more complex models. The tags allow you to quickly at reminders, or notes, to the model that you can use as a reference later. But before you can add tags you will need to lock your 3D view. If you try to add tags in an unlocked 3D view, you will get noticed that the 3D view must be locked before you can add tags or any keynotes.

lock 3d view for tagging

After locking the 3D view, you are able to put any of the annotation tags in the 3D view. In the example below I used some material tags. Whenever you unlock the view, the tags will disappear. You can restore this by using the Restore Orientation and lock View as written in the paragraph above.

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Example of 3D tagging after locking the 3D view

Wrapping Up

When modeling in Revit, you may have accidentally changed a 3D view by mistake, which can be quite annoying. To prevent this, Revit has a nice feature called the Lock 3D View, which can secure and lock your 3D views. Also, it is possible to save multiple 3D views and preserve the orientations of these views, which can improve your workflow.

I hope you found this article helpful, if you have any questions, just drop a comment below.

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