Detail Manager
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Detail Manager

The Detail Manager is your control center for details you add to Land F/X projects. From the Detail Manager, you can add details to your project, view each detail and find out its number, and see which details you've placed in your drawing. You can also open any detail for editing, delete or replace details, place details into the drawing set, or even enter a detail callout for a detail.

Detail Manager Overview

Open the Detail Manager:


F/X Details ribbon, Detail Manager button


F/X Details ribbon, Detail Manager flyout




F/X Details menu


F/X Details menu, Detail Manager option

Detail Manager toolbar


Detail Manager toolbar






Details toolbar


Details toolbar




or type FX_DetailManager in the Command line




The Detail Manager will open. Here, you can complete a variety of actions pertaining to your details.


Detail Manager, overview

1. Search for a detail you've added to your project.


2. Options to list your details By Sheet or By Number.


3. Refresh button to update your list of details to reflect changes you've just made, such as placing details.


4. Click this button to renumber your details.


5. This pane lists the details you've added to you project, organized by detail sheet (pictured) or detail number. When you have By Sheet selected, details you have yet to place in a drawing appear at the top of the list (above the title =======PlacedDetails======). The current sheet will appear at the top of the list.


6. Administrative functions where you can:


7. Place a selected detail into a sheet in your drawing. See our Placing Details documentation for more information and instructions.


8. Insert a detail Callout for a highlighted detail. This is the same feature as our Insert Detail Callout tool; we've just provided it here for convenience.


9. Generate a Report of all details relating to this project and the locations where they've been placed in the drawing.

Replacing a Detail

Our Replace tool makes it easy to replace a detail in your drawing with another detail, or with a newly edited or renumbered version of the same detail.







In the Detail Manager, highlight the detail you want to replace.



Then click Replace.

Detail Manager, Replace button




Navigate to the detail you want to replace the other one, or to the newly edited version of the existing detail. Click OK to replace the original.


Clicking OK to replace a detail


The detail in your drawing will be replaced with the new version with the new detail number.

Generating a Detail Report

Need an account of all details relating to this project and the locations where they've been placed in the drawing? Create a detail report.




To create a detail report, click Report in the Detail Manager.

Detail Manager, Report button




You'll now see a Detail Report dialog box, which offers several options for placing your detail report.




Detail Report dialog box, overview

1. Destination: Place a detail report directly in your Drawing, in your drawing in Table format, or in a Spreadsheet.


2. Select any or all of the following options to include them as columns in your detail report:

  • Placed details
  • Unplaced details
  • Saved
  • Drawn By
  • Checked By
  • Notes
  • References


3. Use this menu to organize the details in your report by:

  • Sheet
  • Detail number
  • Title




Your detail report will be either placed in your drawing or exported to a spreadsheet, depending on which option you selected.


Here's an example of a detail report placed in a drawing:

Detail Report, example

Assigining a Photo to a Detail

We've added the capability of assigning a photo to a detail when adding it to a project from the Detail Manager.


After clicking New to add a detail to a project, click the Preview button.


Add Details to Project dialog box, Preview button







You'll now see a preview of the selected detail in a separate window. Click the + (plus) button in the top right corner of the expanded Detail Manager to begin assigning the photo.

Detail Preview dialog box, Plus button




Select Image dialog box

You'll be brought to a dialog box where you can choose a photo to assign to the detail.


Browse to and select a photo, then click Open.




The photo will now appear in the preview window for the selected detail.


If you want, you can click the + (plus) button again and repeat these steps to assign an additional photo to the detail.


You can also use the left and right arrow buttons (see mage below) to toggle between viewing a preview of the detail and the photo(s) you've assigned to that detail.

Arrow buttons to toggle between detail preview and photo

Renumbering Details

Detail Manager, detail numbers

You may find yourself needing to renumber details you've placed on a sheet. For example, you may have skipped a detail number when placing the details, or you've skipped a few numbers when numbering the details on that sheet.


In this example, we'll renumber the details listed in the Details Manager to the left and pictured on the sheet below, which are numbered 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10.



Numbered details on sheet, example




To renumber the details on a sheet, open the Paper Space Layout tab that includes the placed details. Click the Renumber button in the top right corner of the Detail Manager to renumber the details.

Detail Manager, Renumber button




Renumber the details on the current sheet? message

You'll be asked whether you want to renumber the details on the current sheet.


Click Yes to renumber the details.




The sequence of the details will be corrected on the sheet and in the Detail Manager.


In our example, those details will now be sequenced correctly at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Details renumbered in Detail Manager


Details renumbered on sheet




Correcting Issues that Result from Renumbering

The Renumber feature can also correct issues that come up after you initially renumber.


We'll continue with the example shown above, where we renumbered the sheet of details sequenced 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 so they're now numbered correctly as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.


Let's say we need to insert a detail on the sheet between what are now details 1 and 2. So we first move the details to create a space between those two details:


Moving details on a sheet to create a space for another detail




And then we attempt to place another detail between details 1 and 2, which we'd logically like to be numbered 2.


At this point, if we try to select the number 2 for the detail, we'll receive a message that the detail is already in use. We'll then be forced to use the number 7 (or greater) instead.


Renumbering detail, That detail number is already in use on this sheet message




So we now have a detail number 7 between details 1 and 2.


Number 7 detail insertd between details 1 and 2






Double-clicking to correct detail number

To correct the number of that detail, double-click its number on the sheet to open the Enhanced Attribute Manager.


You can then change the number attribute in the Value field to your desired number. Click OK to save the change.


The detail's number will change on the sheet. But now you'll have two details on the sheet with the same number. In our example, we'll end up with two details numbered 2.


Two details on sheet with same number




Detail Manager, Refresh button

Click the Refresh button in the Detail Manager.




The sheet will now include two #2 details. Click the Renumber button again.

Detail Managert, Renumber button




Details renumbered correctly in Detail Manager

All details on the sheet will be correctly renumbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.


Details renumbered correctly on sheet

Deleting Details from a Project

Deleting Unplaced Details



To delete one or more details that you have not placed in a drawing, first select the detail(s) in the Detail Manager.

You can select multiple details at a time by pressing the CTRL and SHIFT keys while selecting the details.


Once you've selected all the unplaced details you want to delete, click Delete.

Detail Manager, Delete button




Are you sure you wish to remove these details from the project? message

You'll be asked, Are you sure you wish to remove these detail(s) from the project?



Click Yes to delete the detail(s) from the current project. Click No to leave the detail(s) in the project.

Even if you select details you've placed in your drawing and click Delete, only the unplaced details will be deleted. If you delete placed details from the Detail Manager, they will be deleted from the current project but will remain placed on the sheet. They just won't be linked to the actual detail files once you've deleted them from the Detail Manager.




After you delete one or more details from a project, the Command history will display which detail(s) you just deleted. For example, if you delete detail # S-102, the Command history will have an entry for "S-102."


This way, you can make sure any affected sheets and other settings are updated. (Even if the detail was unplaced, it may have been called out on many sheets, referenced by other items, etc.).

Deleted detail listed in Command history

You can open the Command history by pressing the F2 key, or you can simply grab the top of the Command line and drag it upward to expand it.



Deleting Placed Details

If you've already placed a detail in your drawing and you no longer want to use that detail in your project, you'll first need to delete that detail from the drawing. You can then highlight the detail(s) in the Detail Manager and delete it from your project.


Deleting an Entire Sheet of Details

In some cases, you may need to delete a whole sheet of details on a layout tab.




If you want to delete the layout tab that contains the detail sheet, right-click the tab and select Delete from the menu that opens.

Right-clicking to delete a Layout tab containing a sheet of details



Sheet Index, Delete button

You can also use our Sheet Index tool to delete the sheet.



Select the sheet in the Sheet Index and click Delete. If you're sure you want to delete the sheet, click Yes.


Are you sure you wish to delete this detail? message




Whether you've deleted the layout tab or the sheet containing your details, those details will now be marked as unplaced in the Detail Manager.


Deleted details marked as unplaced in Detail Manager




Detail Manager, Delete button

You can now choose to delete those details from your project, or keep them in the Detail Manager in case you want to use them later.




You may need to click the Refresh button to see the details as unplaced. Make sure the Detail Manager is docked, then click the Refresh button.

Detail Manager, Refresh button

Related Webinars

  • Details for Beginners: Take a full tour of our detail system, where you’ll learn how to navigate our detail library, find the details you need, and use them in your drawing set. (1 hr 1 min)
  • Design F/X Setup: Join us for a complete demonstration on how our software helps you manage and use construction details. We’ll provide an overview of our entire system, including instructions for placing a detail. (53 min)
  • Getting Started with the Detail Tools: We'll show you the basic tools you need to familiarize yourself with on the F/X Details ribbon, including our tools for placing details on your drawings. (58 min)
  • Detail Tips And Tricks: Learn some advanced techniques and best practices to create details that communicate your design intent clearly, including how to place a detail template. (59 min)


Issue: Details are missing from the detail manager but are visible in Detail Explorer


Issue: You're trying to copy details from your Standards folder to your Project Folder in the Detail Explorer, and the details aren't showing up in the Detail Manager


Issue: You are experiencing a significant delay when attempting to add or place details


Issue: You want to add (save) a PDF as a detail in our detail system


Issue: Your office is using cloud data with a shared online folder, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, and your details keep changing directories, or the Detail Manager stops working


Issue: You placed a detail on a sheet in your drawing, and it came in with the number 00


Issue: Several buttons in the Detail Manager are grayed out and inaccessible


Issue: You are unable to create a project-specific folder when adding a detail


Issue: You want to advance a project into a new phase (e.g., permitting to construction)


Issue: Remove or unassign a detail from irrigation equipment


Issue: When adding a detail to a project, you saw the following message: "This project does not have a detail folder assigned. Would you like to do that now?"


Issue: "Layout ... has details placed on it, and cannot have its sheet assignment removed" error when you attempt to place a detail on a sheet


Issue: "AutoCAD Error Aborting: INTERNAL ERROR ... eHadMultipleReaders" error and/or CAD crashes when you attempt to place a detail on a sheet

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