Unhide SOLIDWORKS components with a click

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated April 20, 2016


If you thought that hiding components from your graphics area using the TAB key was a slick trick – SOLIDWORKS has once again improved on prior functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2016.

All our keyboard Ninjas can rejoice! As we now have the ability to use key combination CTRL+SHIFT+TAB in order to temporarily display the previously hidden components. The temporary shading of the hidden components shows them transparently displayed with a blue tint by default.

unhide components

Display previously hidden components

Once the hidden components are displayed, point and click on the desired component to switch it’s visibility back to “Show”

This key combination bears resemblance to the “Show Hidden Components” tool, however it is much faster to use “on the fly” when working with assemblies. See the operation in action in this related blog post.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.