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Linked Documents in the Document Window

The 'Linked Document' tab of the Document window provides several quick methods of checking elements for Linked Documents, and for reviewing the documents that exist. It also provides searches to locate and list any elements with Linked Documents in the model, and any elements that have Linked Documents that have been recently modified.

When you click on an element in the Project Browser, a diagram or an element list - such as the results of a search - the 'Linked Document' tab displays the name of the selected element and, if it has a Linked Document, the content of that document. If the element does not have a Linked Document, the content panel is blank. If you click on another element, the window updates immediately to show the element name and Linked Document (if any) of that element. You can therefore quickly scan a number of elements to check whether they have Linked Documents, and/or review the documents you locate. The 'Linked Document' tab provides options for reviewing the Linked Document, including switching to an Edit mode so that you can create or update the document.

Access

Ribbon

Start > Windows > Document > Linked Document  or

Show > Window > Document > Linked Document

View Document

When you first open the Document window, it shows the selected element's Linked Document in View (Reading) mode. The element name displays in the menu button at the top of the window, with the prefix 'Reading'. Click on the menu button to access these options:

Option

Description

See also

Edit Document

Switches the document into Edit mode and displays the Document Edit ribbon, which provides the facilities for updating the document. If the element does not currently have a Linked Document, you can immediately start typing in the display panel or import a file to create a Linked Document for the element.

While in edit mode, the Document window becomes locked to the parent element, and selecting another element or context will not switch the window to a different document. This helps you to move around the model, checking and gathering information without having to close and open the document several times. Once you quit edit mode, the window will again immediately refresh to show the document for whichever element you select. To switch out of Edit mode, click on the menu button and deselect the option.

Edit Linked Documents Create Linked Document on an Element Document Edit Ribbon

Reload

Refreshes the content of the displayed document from the last-saved version.

Fixed Zoom

Displays a short list of magnifications (as a percentage of 'normal' size) you can select to zoom the document display to, as well as a 'Custom' option that opens a dialog on which you can set any magnification between 10% and 500%. The zoom factor remains set after you close the document, and is applied when you re-open the document until you specifically change the zoom.

Toggle Page Border

Switches between full-screen display and page outline display (the default) where the information is shown within the framework of a page border.

Find Elements with Linked Documents

Opens the Find in Project view preloaded with an executed search for elements that have Linked Documents; as you click on an item in the search results, the Document window shows the corresponding Linked Document.

Model Search Customizing the Search View

Find Elements with Linked Documents Modified Recently

Opens the Find in Project view preloaded with an executed search for elements that have Linked Documents that have updated within the last seven days (you can re-execute the search with a different number of days); as you click on an item in the search results, the Document window shows the corresponding Linked Document.

Model Search Customizing the Search View

Print

Displays the 'Print' dialog, which you use to configure the print job for printing the Linked Document.