GiD Tips

Change language

The language can be easily changed through the preferences window. Just select Utilities -> Preferences in the top menu bar, select the Language dropdown menu in the General branch and choose your preferred language. You just need to click on the Apply button to confirm your selection. The graphical user interface, as well as the messages will appear in the selected language.

Quick access to previous views

Each time you move the model in GiD a view is saved. You can swap between these views quickly using these buttons in the standard toolbar.   This action can be done both in preprocess and postprocess also through the menu View->Zoom->Previous/Next.


You can visualize your model with shadows effect, both in preprocess and postprocess mode. This feature provides a better depth perception of the 3D model and a more realistic rendering. Change the light direction (View->Render->Change light direction) and see how the shadows move. This option is available in menu View->Advanced viewing settings. In the window …

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Full screen

GiD can be used in full screen mode. In this mode the top menu and the toolbars are not showed and GiD fits with the size of your screen. Full screen is interesting when you are working with 3D stereoscopic view because you get a better immersion. This option can be activated both in preprocess and …

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How to create child layers

A geometric representation is composed of four types of entities, namely points, lines, surfaces, and volumes. A layer is a grouping of entities. Defining layers in computer-aided design allows us to work collectively with all the entities in one layer. You can create a layer inside another one, this new layer is called “child” layer. …

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Join volumes

It’s possible to merge volumes without losing attached data. With this option two or more volumes connected by shared surfaces are joined in a single one. That option avoids deleting manually the shared surfaces and selecting the new boundary. Go to Geometry->Edit->Join->Volumes in the top menu and select all the volumes that you want to join.

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