Do you find yourself scrolling up and down the SOLIDWORKS feature tree all day hunting for that elusive feature? Does dragging the rollback bar to the desired feature in your tree feel cumbersome?
Here are five shortcut tips that can save you a lot of time when working with the SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree:
1. Expand the whole Feature Tree
Select the top item in the SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree (the model name) and press the * key on your numeric pad. Be aware that in a large assembly such an operation will be quite time consuming since every sketch will be revealed in the feature tree.
2. Collapse the whole Feature Tree
Press Shift + C or Right-click on any item in the feature tree and select Collapse Items.
3. Fast Rollback to any feature in the tree
Select a feature and click on the Rollback icon from the in-context toolbar. The rollback bar will move above the selected feature. When you have a long tree, this is a great time saver.
4. Roll to End and Roll to Previous
Just Right-click on the Rollback Bar to have access to these two commands. Roll to End eliminates the need to drag the rollback bar down to the end of the tree, which is very handy for long feature trees. And Roll to Previous is a quickest way to get back.
5. Filter the Feature Tree
Probably the most useful tool. Just start typing keywords in order to list only the items that contain them. You can filter by
- Feature names,
- Type of features,
- Component tags
- and more.
Even more useful is filtering by the custom properties of components. For example, the components shown in fig. 6 have in common the Bendall value for the Vendor property.
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