What’s the best way to start a new measurement with a specific trace?

There are many ways to start a new measurement. These methods will automatically select a trace for the new measurement:

Double-click on a Trace in the Control Panel

This is the most popular and most powerful way to start a measurement unless you’re using the Quantity Worksheet. If you display the Trace List or Trace Tree in the control panel, you can simply double-click one of the traces to start a new measurement using that trace. show me

Double-click on a Worksheet Item in the Control Panel

If you’re using the Quantity Worksheet, you can set up worksheet items to automatically assign a trace to any measurement assigned to the item. If you display the Worksheet Assignment Tree in the Control Panel and double-click on an item with automatic trace assignment, it will start a new measurement that is assigned to the item and uses the item’s trace. show me

Press the “Area”, “Count”, “Length” or “Perimeter” Ribbon Bar Button

If you are only using the four simple Traces “Area”, “Count”, “Length” and “Perimeter”, there are buttons in the Ribbon Bar “Home” tab you can press to start a new measurement with that trace. This technique is intended primarily for new users who are just learning about measurements. As you learn eTakeoff you will quickly find that you want more specific traces than these four. If you’re NOT using these buttons, you can go to the “Look” tab of the User Preferences Window and un-check the “Show trace buttons in ribbon bar” checkbox. The next time you start eTakeoff the buttons will not be displayed. show me

Use the Trace Selection Window

The trace selection window displays a list or tree of traces for selection. You can right-click on a measurement and choose “Select Trace…” to display the Trace Selection Window. With the window displayed, you can check the box “Display this list when starting new measurements” at the bottom of the window. Then the selection window will be displayed whenever you start a new measurement. You can start a new measurement by pressing the “A” key or pressing the New Measurement button in the Ribbon Bar or Toolbar. show me

Starting ALL New Measurements with the same Trace (NOT RECOMMENDED)

A few users want to mark all measurements the same way to indicate that they are incomplete or unassigned. To do this, edit standard traces, select the initial trace you want to use and check the box “Use this trace for ALL new measurements”.

We don’t recommend this. Most users do this by accident. To undo this setting, don’t try to find the trace with the box checked. Instead, just select any trace while editing standard traces. Check the box for the trace and press OK. Then select the same trace again, uncheck the box and press OK.

Determining the Default Trace

If you start a new measurement in a way that DOESN’T automatically select a trace, the default trace will be determined by the following rules (the first matching rule is used):

  1. Use the Worksheet Assignment trace. This will happen is the following conditions are met:
    • The Worksheet Assignment Control is displayed in the Control Panel
    • Auto- Assign is checked in the Worksheet Assignment Control
    • The selected item in the Worksheet Assignment Control has “Override measurement trace on assignment” checked.
  2. A standard trace has “Use this trace for ALL new measurements” checked
  3. A trace is selected in the Trace Tree or Trace List control in the Control Panel
  4. The last trace used is used again. Any of the following actions will set the last trace used:
    • Double Click on a trace in Control Panel
    • Select a trace from the Trace Selection Window
    • Press the Area, Count, Length or Perimeter button
    • Add a trace by dropping a description on a trace in the Control Panel

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