SOLIDWORKS Confirmation Corner & Breadcrumbs with the ‘D’ key

Article by Rod Mackay updated November 4, 2015


To help speed up your workflow in SOLIDWORKS the Confirmation Corner can now be more readily accessed at the mouse pointer location by pressing the ‘D’ key on your keyboard.

When a PropertyManager is active the OK and Cancel options are located in the upper left corner of the PropertyManager and in the Confirmation Corner in the top-right corner of the graphics area. But your pointer may be in the middle of the graphics area where you are manipulating the model. But press the ‘D’ key the confirmation corner will appear next to your mouse pointer, see the figure below to see the D key in action:

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Confirmation Corner

Confirmation Corner appears next to pointer

This allows you to quickly complete features, sketches, or even return to the top level assembly after editing a sub-assembly or component.

Also works with Breadcrumbs

As a default SOLIDWORKS Breadcrumbs appear in the top-left corner of the graphics area when you select entities, and in the same manner as the confirmation corner you can call them up with the D key. If a PropertyManager or sketch is not currently open press the ‘D’ key to display breadcrumbs next to your mouse pointer. Continue to press the ‘D’ key and the breadcrumbs will switch between the default location and your mouse pointer location. An animated example is shown below:

Breadcrumb Location

Breadcrumb Location

This is just one of the ways that SOLIDWORKS is reducing mouse travel and speeding up design.

To Change the Hotkey assignment

As a default the ‘D’ key is assigned as the keyboard shortcut to move the Confirmation Corner buttons or selection breadcrumbs to the pointer. If you want to assign a different key just customize the tool:

  1. Click Tools > Customize.
  2. In the Customize dialog box, on the Keyboard tab, in the Search for field, type Move Controls to Pointer.
  3. In the Shortcut(s) column for the tool, type an unused key or key combination.
  4. Click OK.
Customize Short Cut Key

Customize Short Cut Key

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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.