How to customize panels

This article applies to:

  • Revu 20
  • Revu 2019
  • Revu 2018

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In this installation of Customizing Bluebeam Revu, we’ll take a look at Panels in Revu. Panels are in-depth Revu features that require special interfaces. Panels are hidden behind their icons and found by default on the left-hand side of the interface. They can be re-positioned to sit at the bottom or right of the interface. Click on one of these icons to hide or reveal the panel.

Panels vs toolbars

You can distinguish a Panel from a toolbar by noticing:

  • A toolbar will always have a string of dots (……) near its top or left side called a handle.
  • After clicking on a toolbar icon, the dynamic Properties Toolbar becomes active.
Panel icons and toolbar icons can not be positioned within the same rows.
In the image below, you can see that the Studio panel icon  sits on its own row to the left of the toolbar icons (marked by the string of dots).

How to customize Panels

Certain panels will be visible in the Revu interface by default, depending on the Profile you are using. You can enable or disable them to your liking from Window > Panels. This menu also provides a helpful reference for each panel’s keyboard shortcut.

You can also view the Panels menu from any panel icon by right-clicking > Show.

Once a panel is enabled, there are many different ways that you can place or even combine them:

  • Click and drag any panel icon to the left, right or bottom of the interface.
  • Click and drag a panel to the center of the interface and then release it to create a floating panel. Floating panels act like separate windows, i.e. they become separate from the Revu interface.
  • Click and drag additional panel icons into the floating panel. 
  • Drag panel icons over any open panel, and you will see a circle with four arrows. Move your panel icon over one of the arrows, and the panel will be split in your chosen direction. In this way, you can have multiple panels open at the same time.
    A split panel will have a gray line underneath its icon. To undo split panel mode, drag the panel icon away from its current place and release.
  • Right-click on a panel icon to reveal a context menu. From there, you can use Hide to remove the panel from the interface. Or, use Attach > Left / Right / Bottom / Detach to quickly move a panel to an area of your choosing.
    This is useful for those who would prefer not to drag and drop the panels.

Saving Panel arrangements

Any arrangement of toolbars and panels can be saved to a Profile.

To save your panel and tab arrangement to your active profile, go to Revu > Profiles > Save Profile.

To change your active profile, go to Revu > Profiles and select one of the profiles from the list.

To edit or delete profiles, go to Revu > Profiles > Manage Profiles.

If you would like to learn more about Profiles (including customizing a preloaded profile, creating a custom profile, saving changes to your current profile and more), please read Working with Profiles in the Revu Help.

Panels reference

Below is a full list of the Panels in Revu, and a link to more in-depth information about each.

Flags Signatures

More information

This article is part of the Customizing Bluebeam Revu series:

Introduction General Preferences
Panels Main Workspace and Menu Bar
Navigation and Status Bars Toolbars

See also:

Other versions of this article

Revu 2017 and older

Customizing the Bluebeam Revu User Interface – Part 5. Panels & Tabs

In this section of our FAQ Series on Customizing the Revu User Interface, we’ll take a look at the areas of the program which let you access functions and features for tasks such as creating Bookmarks and Page Labels , Calibrating your drawings for Takeoffs and Estimations , and accessing Bluebeam Studio.

Revu offers three Panels located to the left and right of the Main Workspace, with an additional Panel below it.

You can open various Tabs in each Panel for easy access to numerous Revu features using Revu Keyboard Shortcuts, or by clicking Tabs in the View Command Group. Once opened, they can be dragged to the other panels, or detached from the main user interface and dragged to other areas of your screen or an additional monitor.

The available Tabs and Panels are:

Flags Panel Signatures

If you’d like additional information about customizing Bluebeam Revu please use the links listed below to access the rest of the series, and watch a tutorial video on Revu customization:

More Information

You can also find information about Getting Around the Interface and actually using the available functions and features in our Tutorial Videos, and your appropriate Revu Online Help manual.


Revu 20

Revu 2019

Revu 2018

Revu 2017 & Below

Interface & Navigation

Learn how to customize the interface to display and arrange your favorite panels.

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