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Essential SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts

This is going to be a debatable list, as many different people have many different workflows and habits they are accustomed to. I will however try and walk the centerline, and tell you about some of the time saving SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts that everyone should…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Extrude from Context Toolbar within the Sketch Environment

SOLIDWORKS 2017 has added a new Context Toolbar button when you are in the sketching environment.  Adding an Extrude Boss/Base feature from a sketch is probably the most common feature.  So now once you’re done with your sketch, you can simply right-click and start an…

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The SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Bar Part II: Old Habits Die Hard

Part Shortcut Bar

Recently I wrote an article about how to use the Shortcut Bar in SOLIDWORKS to reduce the distance your mouse has to travel. Basically, you can press the <S key> at any time in SOLIDWORKS and get a context-specific menu appear right beside your mouse…

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The SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Bar (S-Key) will help to keep your commands close

Part Shortcut Bar

In your office, do you keep things nearby where they are to be used, or far away? Do you keep the coffee mugs in the meeting room and the coffee machine in the break room? Do you store your frequently used things in a place…

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SW Productivity: The On/Off Switch for the Shortcut Bar [VIDEO]

From time to time, when new releases of SolidWorks add extra functionality to the existing tools, existing workflows change, creating some initial confusion for the users. The popular Shortcut Bar is a good example in this regard. Starting with SolidWorks 2012, when the Shortcut Bar is invoked with the “S” hotkey, by default it also turns on the input field of the Command Search. As a consequence, pressing “S” again will not only turn off the Shortcut Bar but will also insert text (the “s” character) in the Command search field. Please watch this video for a demonstration about linking and unlinking the Shortcut Bar to the Command Search and, after that, choose the solution that is right for you.

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