Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Solidworks 2013 What's New: Customize Your Shortcut Toolbar

Raise your hand if you use the Shortcut Toolbar (HotKey "S"). If you do not use this feature, now is the time to set up these toolbars.

SolidWorks 2013 has made the shortcut toolbar more user-friendly and easier to customize; this can be done in less than half the time of previous versions for all toolbars.

Don't know what a shortcut toolbar is? The shortcut toolbar is a toolbar of your personal most commonly used features. It is first activated by its HotKey (S) and then attached to your mouse, which allows you to keep your mouse in the graphics area and spend less time traveling around the screen.

Now that you know what the shortcut toolbar is, let's take a look at how to customize your own on each of your file types (sketch, part, assembly, and drawing).

  1. The customized shortcut menu can be opened one of two ways:
    1. On the Solidworks toolbar, click the down arrow beside the options button. In the drop down, choose Customize as shown below. Once the Customize Menu is open, choose the Shortcut Bar tab.

    2. The second option is to start by opening your shortcut bar by clicking the "S" key on your keyboard. Then right-click in any grey area of the toolbar, and a Customize button will appear. Click on the button and the customize menu will open; the Shortcut Bars tab will also now be active.
  2. At this point, you should see a window that looks like the picture shown below:

  3. To begin customizing, you must first select what toolbar you want from the pull-down. At the top left, there is a Toolbar option with a drop-down to the right of it. Click the down arrow, and select the necessary toolbar. 
  4. Once the toolbar is chosen, the Buttons window (just below the toolbar drop-down) will propagate with all the associated buttons for that toolbar. 
  5. Next, you will need to select a shortcut toolbar where you would like to put the new buttons. Buttons can be placed on the part, assembly, drawing, or sketch toolbar. Turn on the appropriate toolbar by selecting one of the four buttons just to the right of the Buttons window.
  6. Once the appropriate toolbar is selected, a preview will appear below the toolbar buttons. The preview displays what buttons are currently on the toolbar.
  7. Finally, you can drag and drop new icons from the Button window onto your toolbar. When hovering your new button over the toolbar, a black cursor will appear between buttons to display where the new button will be placed.
  8. To remove icons from the toolbar, you can simply drag and drop the buttons off the toolbar back into the buttons window.

The new Customize menu for the Shortcut Toolbar is now easier than ever. You can customize all four toolbars from one window and see a preview for all the buttons on each toolbar. For those of you who like a visual representation, please watch the short clip below.

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