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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6 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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  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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