SW Productivity: The On/Off Switch for the Shortcut Bar [VIDEO]

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated April 29, 2013


From time to time, when new releases of SolidWorks add extra functionality to the existing tools, existing workflows change, creating some initial confusion for the users. The popular Shortcut Bar is a good example in this regard. Starting with SolidWorks 2012, when the Shortcut Bar is invoked with the “S” hotkey, by default it also turns on the input field of the Command Search. As a consequence, pressing “S” again will not only turn off the Shortcut Bar but will also insert text (the “s” character) in the Command search field.

Please watch this video for a demonstration about linking and unlinking the Shortcut Bar to the Command Search and, after that, choose the solution that is right for you.

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.