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Which Revit version will open a RVT file on double-click?

A - answer If you have multiple Revit versions installed, one of these versions will be used as default (primary) to open a RVT (or RFA) file when you double-click on it in Explorer or in other file manager.

A simple rule applies here - the RVT file will be opened in that Revit version, which was installed (or reinstalled) last, resp. that Revit, which was last launched with administrative rights (e.g. using the function "Run As Administrator").

You can set the desired version also manuály - through the Registry. Run REGEDIT and lookup the key:


In this key, edit the value (Default) to the desired Revit path (version) - e.g.:

"C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2016\Revit.exe" /dde

Do not delete the quote marks or the "/dde" parameter. Similarly, for RFA files use the key Revit.Family.

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See also:
Tip 10319:Conversion of Revit families to FormIt 360 and back.
Tip 10303:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2016 (import/export).
Tip 10097:Multiple applications with the same name in the "Open with" menu - which to choose?
Tip 9930:Editing history of Revit RVT files.
Tip 9778:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2015 (import/export).

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