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.
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.