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OST - 08.06.01 Creating, Using, and Deleting Hot Links

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Hot Links and Named Views work together and provide an easy way to navigate through the project. A Hot Link is a shortcut to a Named View kind of like a bookmark. See the previous article for details on creating Named Views.


Creating a Hot Link

Hot Link provides a shortcut to a Named Views. Hot Links work in the Image Window (where you drawn takeoff) and in the View Window (discussed in Related articles).

To create a Hot Link,

  • Click the Hot Link button
  • Click on the page to place the Hot Link (if you're working on a large plan, the Hot Link object may be very small) - the Select Named View dialog appears

In the Select Named View dialog box, you have two options, 

  • Select an "existing Named View" - one you already created or,
  • "Create a new Named View" - this temporarily closes the Select Named View dialog box, switches to the Named View tool, and allows you to navigate anywhere in the bid to create a Named View. The link is placed where you were originally, you can click the OST Page Navigation Back Button to return to that view. See the previous article for a refresher on creating a Named View.


By default, On-Screen Takeoff opens Named Views in a separate View window. To open a Named View in main Image Window (where images/takeoff are displayed), click Tools > Options and uncheck the "Open hotlinks in separate View Window" button.  

If you do not have a takeoff (tko, or OST) license (you are using PlanViewer or a DPC-Foreman only license), the 2nd View Window is disabled - you must uncheck the option to "Open hotlinks in separate View Window" or your Hot Links won't work.

Deleting a Hot Link

Because when you click on a Hot Link, you 'activate' it and open the Named View associated with it, you must draw a selection box (rope) a Hot Link to select it. See Related Articles for more information on selecting objects.

Once selected, you can move or delete the Hot Link. To delete it, press <Delete>, or right-click and select Delete.

 Creating, Using, and Deleting Named Views Adjusting Existing Annotation

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