Mouse Gestures

Put an end to shooting wrist pain while mousing at your computer

Repetitive strain injury

Repetitive strain injury seems to happen to some of us, notably CAD users who just want to go faster and faster to get more done in less time.  There’s so much mousing…somehow our mousing hand and arm seem to suffer from trying to work too fast, and before we know it we’re experiencing shooting pain in the wrist. This happened to me while working in industry and trying to push my speed limits while using SOLIDWORKS.  Once the shooting pain became ongoing throughout my workday, I had to make a decision. Disclaimer: This is not qualified medical advice, just some lessons learned from years of using CAD.  If in doubt, seek the advice of a qualified medical doctor. Here were some things I could try: Take time off work Seek professional treatment Continue to suffer, with possibly eventual loss of use of that hand for mousing work.  In a prior…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 can Select Over Geometry

select over geometry

With SOLIDWORKS 2018 a new geometry selection tool is introduced called Select Over Geometry. The selection tool lets you drag a box or lasso selection over a model without starting the drag from a blank region of the graphics area.This tool is helpful when you drag a box or lasso in a model that is zoomed in and you do not have space in the graphics area to start dragging. Previously, if you tried to drag a box or lasso on top of geometry, it selected the geometry and you could not create a selection. Without Select over Geometry, if you start the drag on top of geometry, the drag fails and the geometry under your initial click is selected. Select Over Geometry Shortcut: Shift + drag a box or lasso around the items to select. Doing this will activate the selection tool and the geometry will be selected. Other ways of…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Mouse Gesture Enhancements

Mouse Gestures were introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2010 and are a real time saver when using SOLIDWORKS to bring your designs to life. SOLIDWORKS 2018 brings a more interactive way to utilize mouse gestures and allows you to choose which tools will appear in the mouse gesture wheel. Similar to SOLIDWORKS 2017, mouse gestures can be accessed through the Tools drop-down menu, then scroll down and click Customize then click on the mouse gesture tab in the customize dialog box.This tab has been completely redesigned. Previously there were four additional columns showing mouse gesture assignments for part, assembly, drawings and sketch. Now these four columns have been replaced with a visual mouse gesture guide window, customizing mouse gestures has been made much faster and easier. Previously you could only set 4 or 8 mouse gestures on a wheel but now you can set the number of mouse gestures to 2, 3, 4, 6,…

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Adding Features to Sketch Gestures

This article is a continuation of an earlier article regarding adding Boss/Cut Extrude to the sketch Short-Cut Bar. If you use Gestures, the same can done for the Gestures available in sketches. In the below example I set the number of Gestures to 8 and added Boss/Cut Extrudes & Revolves.  If you are not familiar with Gestures, you may want to refer to the SolidWorks Help for information in this functions use.  

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Customize SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures and add your own commands

In the 2010 release of SOLIDWORKS, Mouse Gestures were introduced.  In SOLIDWORKS 2012 this functionality has been further enhanced with some NEW commands.  Now you can customize SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures with the Ok, Cancel, and Escape commands, as well as keyboard shortcut keys, and macros. To assign Mouse Gestures: With a document open in SOLIDWORKS, go to Tools > Customize and select the Mouse Gestures tab. From the Category drop down box select “Others”, or search for the commands directly by name in the search box. You can choose to have 4 or 8 gestures.

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Using and Customizing SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures [VIDEO]

Mouse Gestures Wheel

With SOLIDWORKS 2010 a new productivity tool was introduced called SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures.  Once you get used to using them, Mouse Gestures can be a real time saver when using SOLIDWORKS to bring your designs to life. How SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures Work: You use Mouse Gestures by pressing and holding the right mouse button and moving the cursor slightly in any direction.  This will launch the Mouse Gesture wheel  By default Mouse Gestures are enabled in 4 gesture mode.  To activate a gesture simply slide the cursor over it, no left click, no releasing the right click, the gesture launches on contact.  This part of the functionality might take a little getting used to, but the more you use it the more your muscle memory takes over and you will find yourself launching gestures without even having to take you eyes off you work.  But for that to be effective you need gestures…

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