New Touch Mode Enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2020

Article by Ben Crisostomo, CSWE updated September 19, 2019


With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, there are a couple of changes that have been made to Touch mode to enhance your experience. In addition to the features that have been highlighted in the previous article Utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS for Touchscreen Computers, there are a couple of changes that have been added to improve functionality.

New Undo Button Added to Touch Mode Toolbar

In addition to the current Touch mode options, the ability to undo has been added to the Touch Mode Toolbar to enhance your experience. The Undo button has been added to the bottom of the Touch Mode Toolbar that has been placed beside the Feature Manager Tree by default as seen in the image below.

Undo Option in the Touch Mode ToolBar

Undo Option in the Touch Mode Toolbar

After inputting your first feature, the Undo button switches from being greyed out to active, and all subsequent changes can be undone until the Undo feature is greyed out again. This is very useful because it saves a couple of clicks per undo which can add up, and it reduces the dependency on the keyboard shortcuts.

Esc Icon Change

To make the Escape Function (Esc) less ambiguous, the Touch Mode icon has been changed in SOLIDWORKS 2020. The figure below shows the icon that was used in SOLIDWORKS 2019 juxtaposed to the new icon in SOLIDWORKS 2020.

Esc Icon Change

With more computers coming with touch screen capability as standard, as well as increased use of tablets being used on the manufacturing floor, touch screen capability for software is becoming more prevalent. SOLIDWORKS is always trying to improve the user interface to work alongside with touch capability. With the added undo button along with the Icon change for the Esc button, SOLIDWORKS in making the Touch Mode experience better for all SOLIDWORKS users. It will be exciting to see what they come up with for the next iteration!

Demo Video

Learn more about the touch mode enhancements in the video below:

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Ben Crisostomo

Ben is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office