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Keyboard Shortcuts (hotkeys) in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Hotkeys

Are you using the same function so often in SOLIDWORKS that you wish you could make it happen faster and more easily?  Well, you can!  SOLIDWORKS Keyboard shortcuts (also known as hotkeys) are just one of several productivity tips available to you, and can be accessed thus: Open or create a SOLIDWORKS document Select Tools > Customize > Keyboard Use the Category or Search fields to find the command you want to hotkey In the Shorcut(s) column, enter a keystroke.  This can be just a single key, or can be a keystroke combination that includes Ctrl, Shift, or Alt.  If that key combination has already been assigned, you will be given the option whether to remap the assignment or choose some other key combination. For example, while working in industry I was using Measure (on the Evaluate tab of the Command Manager, or Tools > Evaluate > Measure) so often…

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My SOLIDWORKS Task Pane is missing?

One of my favorite toolbars is the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane. In case you don’t know it by name, I’m referring to the tabs on the right side of your screen. There’s a Home tab that has a couple of useful tools, such as easy access to the Rx Utility or the Copy Settings Wizard, a Design Library Tab — very useful if you add your working folder; the View Palette (very handy in drawings to drag and drop in standard views), and a few more. It’s always there when you need it, and it ducks out of the way when you don’t, giving you more space on your screen to do your work. On occasion, we encounter users who are missing these tabs. The reasons can vary and are usually difficult to determine after-the-fact (if it occurs regularly, contact your VAR). However, returning the Task Pane is actually very quick…

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How to customize SOLIDWORKS Feature Manager Context Sensitive Popup Menus [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Pop-up Menu

With every release of SOLIDWORKS, we gain new methods of customizing the user interface to our specific needs. As a follow up to my earlier article on Customizing Context Sensitive Popup Menus within the Graphics Area. The following video will demonstrate how this customization works for the Feature Manager as well. Remember: Less travel around the graphics area = more productivity for you!

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Professional – Select By View [VIDEO]

When speaking with folks who are new to the SolidWorks sphere of influence, I will typically mention the ability to make fast and accurate selections as primary skill to focus upon when learning SolidWorks. This latest release of SolidWorks will help everyone accelerate their ability to make selections with the new Select by View option. Have a look at the video below to see this functionality in action!

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015! – The Split Feature can now split Surface Bodies! [VIDEO]

Split Surface Bodies

As we climb up the steep hill that is the list of new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2015, I wanted to peddle backwards for a moment to a feature that is a tad underused by most SolidWorks users – The Split Feature. This tool gives us the ability to create multiple Solid Bodies within a SolidWorks file by chopping them into bits. In prior releases the “Cutting” of bodies was limited to Solids. This is not the case in SOLIDWORKS 2015 as we can now use a surface to “Split” another surface. Again widening the possibilities we have to generate our models more efficiently. To learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2015 Attend a Canadian SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Event in a city near you this October to experience live demonstrations of SOLIDWORKS 2015 and integrated 3D solutions; so you gain a better understanding of how SOLIDWORKS can make your product design process even more…

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Customize Context Sensitive Popup Menus within the Graphics Area [VIDEO]

With every release of SolidWorks, we gain new methods of customizing the user interface to our specific needs – the 2015 release of SolidWorks is no different in this regard. We can now Customize Context Sensitive Popup Menus / Right-Click Menus within the Graphics Area. This allows us to bring commonly used commands closer to our fingertips while modeling. I can sum this enhancement with an equation: Less travel around the graphics area = more productivity for you! Take a skim through the following video clip to find out how: For example, adding the Hole Wizard command to the context sensitive pop-up menu makes it easier to add holes to your model. Selecting a face on the model will then show the toolbar with your custom Hole Wizard icon taking you straight into the command without the need to select the tool from the CommandManager or use the “S” key. To learn more about…

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How to use VBA Code with SolidWorks (and Override Save to Save Drawings as PDFs)

If you find a macro online, sometimes people will publish the source code rather than have you download a file. In this tech tip I will show you how to take that code, make a macro button and even set a hotkey for it. Watch the video at the end if any of these steps are not clear in writing.

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Use the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard to save and restore your custom menu and system options

Copy Settings Wizard

After spending the time in SOLIDWORKS to customize all your toolbar, menu, shortcut and system options, the last thing you want to do is go back and do it all over again.  A computer crash, registry corruption, or simply switching to a new computer can put you right back to square one.  The SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard is the answer. The wizard allows you to backup your essential SOLIDWORKS settings so you can get back up and running quickly. Running the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard Once you have SOLIDWORKS setup exactly as you like it and working smoothly it’s time to backup your settings. First close SOLIDWORKS and go to Windows Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS [YEAR] > SOLIDWORKS Tools > Copy Settings Wizard [YEAR] In the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard you can choose to either Save Settings or Restore Settings from a file you have previously saved. Save Settings Let’s choose Save Settings and pick Next….

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