Increasing Performance with Quick View

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated October 4, 2010


Quick View can substantially increase performance by only loading the components that you require for your current session or a specific operation. Quick View only opens and loads into the memory selected component. Components that are not selected are NOT loaded into memory. The selected components are then loaded Lightweight.

Quick View is option available from the Open dialogue box.

After selecting Quick View and opening the assembly, you are presented with a preview of the assembly. You can then manually select components to load.

Or you can also use the various Advanced Search tools to automate the selection of components.

An alternative to selecting the components to be loaded, is to have Solidworks only load displayed components. Using this option along with the “Advanced Selection” tool “Select Toolbox”, we can hide all fasteners and thereby prevent them from being loaded into memory.

The components that are NOT loaded into memory are set to hidden and a new “Display State” is created.

The next time the assembly is opened the “Display Sate” can be selected and used in conjunction with Quick View to only load the displayed components.

Although some components are not loaded, all mates are recognized and “Mass Properties” will yield the correct values.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.