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How to Open License Management Tool in Microstation V8i

How to Open License Management Tool in Microstation V8i

Microstation V8i is a powerful software for design, modeling and visualization. It requires a license to run, which can be obtained from Bentley Systems. The license can be managed using the License Management Tool, which can be opened in several ways. In this article, we will show you how to access the License Management Tool in Microstation V8i.

Method 1: From Microstation V8i Menu

If you have Microstation V8i installed and running, you can open the License Management Tool from the menu bar. Go to Utilities > License Management and click on it. This will launch the License Management Tool window, where you can see your license status, activate or deactivate licenses, check for updates, and more.

Microstation V8i License Xml

Method 2: From Windows Start Menu

You can also open the License Management Tool from the Windows Start menu. Go to Start > Programs > Bentley > SELECTserver > Bentley License Management Tool and click on it. This will launch the same window as Method 1.

Method 3: From Windows Explorer

Another way to open the License Management Tool is to locate the executable file in Windows Explorer and double-click on it. The file name is licensetool.exe and it is typically located in one of these folders:

  • 64-Bit applications: C:\Program Files\Bentley\[Application Name] (SELECTseries)\[Application Name]\licensetool.exe

  • 32-Bit applications: C:\Program Files (x86)\Bentley\[Application Name](SELECTseries)\[Application Name]\licensetool.exe

This will launch the same window as Method 1 and 2.


Bentley Systems has announced that SELECTserver support will be discontinued and desktop application deprecation will be effective from January 1, 2021. This means that Microstation V8i and other older versions of Bentley software will not be able to access licenses from SELECTserver after that date. Users are advised to upgrade to CONNECT Edition or contact Bentley for node-locked licenses.


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How to Use Microstation V8i

Microstation V8i is a versatile and user-friendly software that can help you create and edit 2D and 3D designs, models and drawings. It has a rich set of tools and features that can enhance your productivity and creativity. In this section, we will give you a brief overview of how to use Microstation V8i for beginners.

Launching Microstation V8i

To launch Microstation V8i, you can double-click on the desktop icon, or go to Start > Programs > Bentley > MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries) and click on it. You will see a splash screen followed by the Startup dialog box, where you can choose to create a new file, open an existing file, or browse for a file. You can also select a workspace, a workset, and a seed file from the drop-down menus.

Understanding the User Interface

When you open or create a file in Microstation V8i, you will see the main user interface, which consists of several components:

  • Title bar: Displays the name of the application and the active file.

  • Menu bar: Provides access to various commands and options organized in menus.

  • Toolboxes: Contain icons for various tools and functions that you can use to create and modify elements.

  • Task Navigation: Allows you to switch between different tasks and workflows that are relevant to your project.

  • Status bar: Shows information about the current mode, view, coordinates, level, scale, etc.

  • View window: Displays the graphical representation of your design or model.

  • View controls: Enable you to manipulate the view window by zooming, panning, rotating, etc.

  • Drawing aids: Assist you in drawing accurately and precisely by using snaps, locks, grids, etc.

Creating and Editing Elements

In Microstation V8i, you can create and edit various types of elements, such as lines, arcs, circles, curves, polygons, text, dimensions, etc. To create an element, you need to select a tool from a toolbox or a task menu, and then specify the required parameters and points in the view window. To edit an element, you need to select it using the Element Selection tool or a fence, and then use the Modify tools or handles to change its properties or shape.

Saving and Printing Your Work

To save your work in Microstation V8i, you can go to File > Save or File > Save As, and choose a location and a name for your file. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S. Microstation V8i files have the extension .dgn, which stands for design. To print your work in Microstation V8i, you can go to File > Print, and configure the print settings such as printer, paper size, orientation, scale, etc. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P. You can preview your print output before printing by clicking on the Preview button.


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