SOLIDWORKS 2017 Tree Display options reduce visual clutter in the FeatureManager

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE created/updated November 4, 2016

With all of the information that the SOLIDWORKS feature manager design tree is able to relay to users, enhancements that reduce the visual clutter in the Feature manager are always a welcome addition. Having default configuration names displayed when there is one solitary configuration leads to visual clutter and ultimately makes it more difficult to find items in the feature tree. This can be especially true for assemblies with any subassembly structure.

Long configuration name

Long configuration name

SOLIDWORKS 2017 is no different in this regard. We now have a new option within the FeatureManager Design Tree that will hide configuration names or display state names if there is only a single configuration/display state in the file.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Tree Display Menu

Tree Display Menu

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Tree Display for Configuration names

To hide configuration and display state names in the FeatureManager Design Tree:

  1. In the FeatureManager design tree, right-click the top node and show the Tree Display sub-menu.
  2. Select the “Do not show Configuration/Display State Names if only one exists” checkbox from the sub-menu.

If there is only one configuration, the configuration and display state names are hidden. You can still access the information in the FeatureManager Design Tree by hovering over the component.

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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.  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.