SOLIDWORKS 2016 Component Visibility Toggle

Article by Rod Mackay updated November 5, 2015


New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is the ability to toggle the visibility of assembly component solid and surface bodies by moving your pointer over a body in the graphics area and clicking the ‘Tab’ key to hide or the ‘Shift + Tab’ key to show. Check out the animated example below to see the SOLIDWORKS 2016 Component Visibility toggle in action:

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Component Visibility Toggle

Hide/Show Components with the Tab key

Show [all] hidden components

In addition if you are working in an assembly and you want to temporarily show one or more hidden bodies this is easily achieved with a tab key combination.

  • Move your pointer to the graphics area,
  • Press and hold Ctrl + Shift + Tab will temporarily display hidden bodies/components as transparent bodies.
  • Click on a transparent body to make it visible.
Show All Components

Show All Components

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016

To learn more about the latest enhancements view a recording of our recent SOLIDWORKS 2016 launch event. Or choose a training course for basic to advanced training.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.