By John Flanagan
Arguably the most important component of the User Interface, the ribbon displays when you create or open a file. It provides all the tools necessary to create a project or family. As you resize the Revit window, you may notice that tools in the ribbon automatically adjust their size to fit the available space. This feature allows all buttons to be visible for most screen sizes.
The Ribbon is located at the top of your screen. It contains almost all tools used in Revit. It is divided by tabs, which are described below.
The Revit Ribbon is designed to assist your workflow giving you the correct tools for the task in hand. The Ribbon is made up of three parts: Tabs, Panels, and Panel Headings. Each panel groups tools of similar functionality, for example, the Build Panel displays tools to create vertical and horizontal building elements such as walls and floors etc. Hover over the panel icons for tooltips and keyboard shortcuts. Click on each ribbon tab and familiarize yourself with the available workflows and tools inside Revit.