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When working in Revit, there are many ways to create "openings."  You can find those commands in the Home tab of the Ribbon, Opening Panel.  The different ways given allow you to produce openings for various situations:




Opening By Face:  This allows you to select the face of an object (i.e., the face of a beam) and then create an opening in it.  This will allow you to create, say conduit that has to pass thru the beam for some odd reason)


Opening By Shaft:  This allows you to create a vertical void opening that cuts any horizontal 3D geometry such as a floor, ceiling, etc.  You can use this to develop stairwells or mechanical vertical shafts too.  Highly useful.


Opening By Wall:  This allows you to create a rectangular opening in a wall.  Perhaps you need to make this type of opening to allow for a unique design between two rooms without inserting a window or some other element.


Opening By Vertical:  This allows you to create any profile on a horizontal plane that cuts specific host families such as roofs, floors, and walls such that the cut goes directly, vertically, through that geometry.  This is different than the Opening By Face such that the latter method creates the profile perpendicular to the plane in which it is drawn.


Opening by Dormer:  This is a unique tool that allows you to create an opening based on 3D geometry (dormer:  walls, roof, etc.), and that opening is the intersection of the roof face and the vertical walls that touch the roof face.


Bonus:  You can use the Edit Profile command on walls and other entities in Revit to create custom "openings" as well.


Try when you can to explore these cool "opening" commands and I guarantee your life with Revit will "open up."