How to Use Match Properties in Revit

Match Properties, a familiar feature in AutoCAD for matching elements’ properties and attributes, is often overlooked in Revit, despite being available in the software. This feature allows you to convert one or multiple model or view-specific elements to match the type of another element.

As the feature is called Match Type Properties originally, it can only be used to match the element’s type properties and not the instance parameters. Despite that, it is still a nice feature that saves time. Workarounds are available for modifying instance parameters across multiple instances of the same type.

In this article, I will explain how to use the Match Properties feature to match elements’ type parameters. Additionally, I will give some tips on how to alternatively change the instance parameters efficiently.

Match Properties

Match Properties in Revit allow you to convert one or multiple elements (model and view-specific) to match the type assigned to another element. This tool requires that the elements you try to match its type properties must belong to the same category.

A misconception of this tool is that many Revit users think it copies instance and type parameters. However, it only copies the type parameters from the source element to other elements. You can use this tool between different views in Revit if you keep the views separated. For example, you can use a Tiled view (View tab > Window panels > Tile Views).

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Match Type Properties between doors

Use Match Properties in Revit

Occasionally, you may encounter elements in Revit that have been assigned the incorrect type and need to be aligned with the type of a nearby element. In this case, the Match Properties feature is useful. To use the Match Properties tool in Revit, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Open a view
  2. Open the Modify tab > Clipboard panel
  3. Click Match Type Properties (default shortcut: MA)
  4. Select a model or view-specific element to copy its type
  5. Click one or multiple elements to match their type > Press ESC twice to quit the tool

Tip: To add multiple elements you can also go to the Modify | Match Type tab > Multiple panel > Click Select Multiple > Drag a selection and select Finish.

match properties in revit

It’s worth noting that when you use the Match Type Properties command in Revit, your cursor will show a white paintbrush [A]. After selecting an element to copy its type, the cursor will show a black paintbrush [B]. This indicates that you can use it to match the properties of other elements.

Tip

When using the Match Type Properties feature, you can click on an empty space to clear the type to match. This allows you to select a model or view-specific element again to copy its type without leaving the feature.

Change Instance Properties

The Match Properties feature allows you only to match type properties, but alternative ways exist to change multiple instance properties. To change multiple element instance parameters follow the steps written below:

  1. Select one or multiple types of elements
  2. Right-click
  3. Hover over Select All instances
  4. Click Visible in View (default shortcut: SA) or In Entire Project (depending on your requirements) > You now have selected all elements of the same type.
change instance properties
  1. Go to the Properties Browser
  2. Change any parameter value you like to match, unequal values are indicated by a <varies> value.
instance parameters

Tip

When selecting all instances of one type, you have the option to either modify the instance parameters or utilize the type selector to simultaneously change its type for all selected elements.

Wrapping Up

The Match Properties function in Revit allows you to convert one or more model elements to match the source element’s type properties with other elements. This is useful when you already have a model or view-specific element with the right settings and want to apply them to other elements.

You can change the instance parameters of elements simultaneously by using the select all instances feature. After selecting all types you can change the properties inside the Properties Browser, saving time and making you more efficient.

I hope this article helped you to learn how to use Match Properties in Revit, and how to change multiple instance parameters using an alternative method. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, tips, or tricks I did not mention.

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