Design SuiteInserting windows



Tool set


Standard Insertion

Offset Insertion



Building Shell

Shift+D (Windows)

Option+Shift+W (Mac)

To insert a window:

Click the tool and the appropriate insertion and alignment modes.

Windows can be inserted into the drawing in the standard way or inserted into the wall with an offset; to use offset insertion, see Offset symbol insertion mode.

Alternatively, if placing a curtain wall window into a curtain wall, select a panel with the Edit Wall tool, and then right-click on the panel and select Insert Window from the context menu. The window is automatically inserted as a curtain wall window.

Do one of the following:

Click Window Style on the Tool bar to select a resource from the Resource Selector.

Individual manufacturer catalog items cannot be selected from the catalog using the Resource Selector; see Concept: Plug-in object styles and catalog items

Click Preferences to open the Window Preferences dialog box and specify the tool’s default parameters; see Window settings.

The parameters can be edited later from the Object Info palette. 

Click in the drawing area or in a wall (standard wall or curtain wall) to set the insertion point of the window, and click again to set the rotation. When inserting a window into a wall, place the second click on the exterior side of the wall to establish the exterior direction of the window. To change the direction of a window inserted in a wall, click Flip from the Object Info palette.

Several features of the window are described as “interior” or “exterior.” These include trim, shutters, and wall-wrap parts. These elements are determined based on the internal and external faces of the wall, not on the window’s exterior direction. The left side of the wall (as viewed along the wall direction) is always “exterior,” and the right side is “interior” (see Wall direction). Flipping the window does not flip these elements.

If you are inserting a corner window, place the window in a wall that is attached to another wall. Once parameters are set, the window moves to the nearest corner automatically. This represents one half of the corner window assembly.


Optionally, create a style resource from an unstyled object (see Custom plug-in object styles with catalog options).


Creating windows

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