In Bluebeam Revu, all markup tools have a default appearance setting. The markup’s appearance can be adjusted using the Properties toolbar or the Properties panel; however, once you stop using the adjusted tool, its settings will revert back to their default. This can often be frustrating, as if you consistently use text boxes and always use a size 12 font size, it can be cumbersome to have to adjust the font size manually every time you need to use the tool.

Hold shift key to keep line markup tools straight in Bluebeam Revu 2019

After adjusting the text box markup on the page, the text box tool will revert back to its default settings when the tool is selected again.

In order to get around this, we can adjust the default settings for the markup tool. This allows us to set up defaults for the specific tool and have the tool automatically revert to those defaults every time the tool is selected.

This article will go over how to adjust the defaults for a markup tool in Bluebeam Revu. The following examples are taken using Bluebeam Revu 20 eXtreme version, but the functionality is available within all versions of Bluebeam Revu.

To adjust the default settings for any markup tool, first select the tool. Using either the Properties Panel or the Properties Toolbar, adjust the tool’s appearance as desired.

Hold shift key to keep line markup tools straight in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Once the appearance is set, use the Subject dropdown in the Properties Toolbar and select Set As Default. The same button will also be available in the Properties Panel.

Hold shift key to keep line markup tools straight in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Once set as default, set appearance properties will automatically be the default for the tool every time it is selected.

Hold shift key to keep line markup tools straight in Bluebeam Revu 2019

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25 Comments

  1. Kurt Reynolds

    Thank you for this tip! This really helped me out.

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  2. t

    very helpful – thank you

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  3. Bobby

    Does this work for typewriter? I do not have the option to set as default after opening the settings. Default and add to tool chest are both grayed out.

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Bobby,

      Is typewriter the only markup where the options are grayed out? These instructions should work for the typewriter tool as well. Both the Set As Default and Add to Tool Chest buttons are available for me while using the tool.

      I’m happy to help troubleshoot if this is happening on multiple tools, so please let me know!

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      • Andy Walsh

        The “Set as Default” was greyed out for me also when the subject was “Typewritten Text”. Then using the “Edit” button, I changed my cursor to “Pan”. Suddenly, the “Set as Deault” became available.

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        • Lauren Hecker

          Hi Andy,
          Thanks for pointing that out! You are correct, the cursor will need to be set to Select or Pan to use the Set as Default tool.

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  4. Michael Quijano

    How do I reset the default to original settings? I have my preferred default set up for the legend tool. It was working at first but, now when I create a new legend none of the counts or measurements are appearing in the legend. Only the title and column headings.

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Michael,
      To reset the default to its original settings, you will need to reset your version of Revu to its default settings. You can do this by selecting the Revu menu > Preferences > Admin > Reset. Be aware that this will reset Revu to its default settings, which will affect everything within the program. However, this is the only way to reset your markup defaults to their orginal settings.

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  5. PRS

    When setting the cloud+ default settings, it doesn’t seem to include updating the subject. It always shows as “Cloud+” and must be manually updated. This is not consistent with other callouts and textboxes. Is this expected?

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi PRS,
      I just tried this on my end and I was able to adjust the default subject of Cloud+ markups. I would imagine this is just a glitch that can be fixed by resetting your application. This can be done by selecting the Revu menu > Preferences > Admin > Reset.
      Hopefully this fixes the issue!

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  6. Jason

    how do you make bluebeam remember the last used?

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Jason,
      The default settings you apply should save to the profile you’re using. If they are not saving, select Revu > Profiles > Save Profile and see if it saves then.
      Please let me know if you need any further help!

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    • Jennifer

      Hey Jason, if you’re still around and hadn’t found it yet…. I think you are looking for the Dynamic Default. Under Preferences>Tools>Markup, choose the first check box that says “Dynamically Set as Default Properties”. One of my favorite settings.

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  7. Ray I

    This is a great tutorial! Easy to comprehend the solution. Thanks!

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  8. nigel

    lock on my own toolsets, but when reopening application default bluebeam toolsets reappear when previously they had been removed

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Nigel,
      After making the changes to the markup defaults, make sure to save the changes to your profile. You can do this by selecting Revu > Profiles > Save Profile. Hopefully that solves the issue – let me know if you need any more help!

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  9. Logan

    Hello, can I set two defaults and switch between the two somehow using a shortcut or something? Or can I make a new button and set different defaults? I’d like two revision cloud buttons available with different default properties.

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Logan,
      You can do this by adding your markups to the Tool Chest. Here’s an article showing how to use the Tool Chest. If you save the two versions of cloud markups to the Tool Chest, you will be able to select which one you want to use each time. You can also give them keyboard shortcuts by adding them to the My Tools toolset in the Tool Chest.
      Please let me know if you have any further questions!

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  10. Tom

    Thanks for the article!

    I have the rectangle set to a highlight mode. Can I copy those settings to the other shapes?

    Thanks

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Tom,
      Unfortuantely, each tool’s properties will need to be set individually. Once you’ve set the properties for a specific tool type, you can then set the tool settings as default or save the customized tool to the Too Chest and the settings will stay saved.

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      • Tom

        Thanks!

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  11. Jacob

    How do I keep these particular default settings for a specific profile? Say I would like everything in red font in a default setting for one profile then be able to switch to another profile where everything could be at a green font without having to change everything again.

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Jacob, good question! The “Set As Default” setting for markups will save for program, rather than the Profile. If you set defaults, they will remain regardless of which profile you use. There is unfortuantely no way to set individual default settings for each profile. I would recommend utilizing the Tool Chest for this instead – within the Tool Chest, you can save customized tools for reuse. You could create all of the tools you need and simply save them to a tool set for the desired profile. Unlike default settings, tools sets are unique to profiles – you can create a tool set for one profile that is unavailable within another tool set. Here’s an article on how to use the Tool Chest within Revu: https://www.taradigm.com/how-to-create-custom-tool-sets-in-bluebeam-revu/

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  12. Kevin McKee

    When I use a Text Box tool from My Tools, change the font, and then SET AS DEFAULT, it does not use the new font when I use it again from the Tool Chest. But it has been changed to the new font when I use the Text Box from the Text toolbar. How do I change the defaults in the Tool Chest?

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Kevin, the Set as Default option doesn’t apply to tools within the Tool Chest, as the Tool Chest is a place where you can save your already customized tools. In order to customize the tools wihin the Tool Chest, you can save a a new customized markup to it. After you have customized your markup as desired, right click on the markup on the page and select Add to Tool Chest. Once added, you’ll have access to a new tool with the visual properties you had just set.

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