Another way to save the settings of an element for later use is as a favorite. Click the Favorites button within the Settings dialog box of the tool, then Save Current Settings as Favorite. Alternatively, use the Favorites palette (Windows menu / Palettes / Favorites), and choose Save Current Default Settings or Save Last Selection's from the popup menu.
There is another powerful variation of parameter transfer that has been available since ARCHICAD v9. Inside any library part settings dialog box (i.e., for windows, doors, objects, etc.), you can use the syringe in a special way to transfer parameters while switching from one part to another. Normally when you choose a new door, window, or object by browsing through the library, ARCHICAD loads the default settings of that part.
This parameter transfer process can be useful when transitioning a project from one version of ARCHICAD to another. Of course, it is not necessary to switch parts to a newer version of the library; however, this can make it easier if so desired. For example, to transition all the parts in a project from ARCHICAD v11 to v12, first use the Library Manager to load the ARCHICAD v11 Migration Library and the ARCHICAD v12 Library. Then use Find and Select to find all the elements of a certain type (for example, ARCHICAD v11 doors of a particular width, height, and panel style). With them selected, open the Door Settings dialog box, locate the equivalent part in the ARCHICAD v12 library, and syringe-click. All relevant settings will be transferred. Double-check that everything looks good, then go on to the next door, window, or object type. Repeat until all parts are converted.
The sophisticated parameters in ARCHICAD allow the tools to represent a wide variety of building components and configurations. It is easy to save commonly used settings with the Favorites and Interactive Legends tools. Transferring parameters with the magic of the eye-dropper and the syringe allows favorite settings to be reused for similar parts, making these options easy to manage.