How to create grouped markups with the correct subject

Applies to:

  • Revu 20
  • Revu 2019
  • Revu 2018

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Creating grouped markups

Grouping markups is useful for combining multiple markups that you use often. Follow these steps to create your own markups:

Step 1: Draw using markup tools

Draw the elements for your custom markup. You can use Circles Circle Icon, Rectangles Rectangle Icon, Lines Lines Icon or any other markup.

Step 2: Select and group the elements

Now select all elements. There are a number of ways to select multiple elements.

  • Hold down the Shift key and select elements one at a time.
  • Use the Select Select Arrow Icon (V) tool to draw a rectangle around all of the elements.
  • Use the Lasso Revu Lasso Icon (Shift+O) tool to select elements that cross an irregularly-shaped area.
  • Select multiple items from the Markups List Markups List Icon (Alt+L).

Once all elements are selected, you are ready to group them. Right-click on one of the elements, and select Group (Ctrl+G) from the dropdown menu. The blue boundary lines and handles for each element change into a single boundary line and set of handles after they are grouped.

Renaming grouped markups

Once grouped, they will show up as “Group” in the Subject column of Markups List Markups List Icon. This can be confusing if you’ve grouped multiple markups and need to distinguish them from each other in the markups list. You can rename a grouped markup by following these steps:

  1. Go into the Markups List Markups List Icon and locate the grouped markup you want to rename.
  2. Double-click on its default subject name (in the Subject column). The grouped markup will also highlight on the page when you click.
  3. Type the desired Subject name in the Markups List Markups List Icon and press the Enter key.

Now your grouped markup will have a custom name.

Saving markups

Any markup or group of markups can be saved in the Tool Chest Revu Tool Chest Icon (Alt+X) and reused. You’ll see your newly created symbol in the Recent Tools section of the Tool Chest Revu Tool Chest Icon. Click the symbol and drag it into the My Tools section, or any of your other tool sets. Now the symbol is available for use at any time.

If you want to save a markup and have it show up with your custom Subject in the Markups List every time, make sure to rename it before proceeding. Otherwise, it will show up as “Group” in the Markups List Markups List Icon.


Revu 2019


Revu 20

Other versions of this article

Revu 2017 and older

Every so often, we hear from a customer who’s built custom markup tools by grouping different markup types together, only to see that they’re listed in the Markups List with an incorrect subject name such as “Group.”


This generally happens when custom Punch symbols are being built; however, the steps listed below for correctly building custom markups by grouping different types of markups applies to all markup creation.

Building a Custom Punch Tool

These instructions are for Revu 12 and above, and include steps to make sure the markups are backward-compatible with Revu 11 and Revu 10.
  1. Go to File > New to open a blank PDF document.
  2. Grab the Ellipse tool (keyboard shortcut E ) and draw a circle on the blank page.

    Tip: Hold down Shift when placing this markup to draw a perfect circle.


    A list of Revu keyboard shortcuts is available in the Revu Help menu and on our web site.
  3. Right-click the markup and select Properties from the context menu.
  4. Go to the Properties tab (usually located in the right panel). If it’s not already there, type the correct symbol name in the Subject box (i.e. Ellipse), and then press Enter. Make other adjustments you need, such as the line width and size of the markup, until it looks the way you want it to.
  5. Place a Text Box (keyboard shortcut T ) on the page, and type the text for the Punch symbol. Adjust the font size and other properties in the Properties tab.
  6. Right-click on the Text Box on the PDF, and select Autosize Text Box from the context menu. Move the Text Box in relation to the circle markup until everything looks the way you’d like it to.
  7. Go to the Markup list and select the Ellipse, then press keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A so that all subsequent markup elements are selected (in this case, just the Text Box markup).
    The order in which the markup elements are selected is extremely important, so always make sure you select the “first markup” first before using Ctrl+A; otherwise, they won’t display or work correctly in earlier versions of Bluebeam Revu.


  8. Right-click the entire selection in the Markup list and select Group in the context menu, or just use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+G.

At this point you should see what looks like a single markup on the page and in the Markup list. However, the subject of the new markup is listed as “Group” in the Subject column.
To fix this:

  1. Go to the Markup list, and double-click the current subject name (in the Subject column), type the correct name and then press Enter.
    This is another important step that ensures the markup symbol is backward-compatible with Revu 11 and Revu 10.


  2. Now you can save the new markup to a tool set in the Tool Chest .

For more information about working with the Bluebeam Revu Tool Chest and Tool Sets, including the Dynamic Tool Set Scaler found in Revu 2015 and above, please check out the training videos and FAQs on our Support page, as well as the Revu Help Guide.


Revu 2017 & Below


Grouping markups is useful for combining multiple markups that you use often. Follow these steps to create your own markups:

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