Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Customizing Your Experience with SolidWorks: Part 1

If you're like me, you develop a means to do something, become proficient at it, and continue doing things in that manner because "that's how it is done." Sometimes, however, it's nice to have the "this is the way it is" rut broken, and explore new ways to do things.

We all know that SolidWorks allows for customized interaction, but you may not be aware of just how many ways there are to customize your SolidWorks use. Some of these capabilities include:
  • Toolbars
  • the Command Manager
  • Shortcut Bars ("S" Key)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse Gestures
Over the next few posts in this series, we will take a look at these individually.

Toolbars

Access through:
  • Menu Bar "Options" icon > "Customize"
  • Menu Bar "Tools" dropdown menu > "Customize"
  • RMB on the Command Manager > "Customize"
This is probably the easiest method of customizing SolidWorks. By toggling the checkbox, individual menus will populate the SolidWorks workspace.

Toolbars Customization Menu

These menus can then be dragged to wherever the user likes: either floating or docked along any of the four sides.

If dual monitors are in use, the toolbars can be dragged to the other screen if desired.

Individual toolbars can be customized by simply dragging command icons on or off while in the "Customize" command.


SolidWorks workspace with all menus toggled "ON"

This is what SolidWorks looks like with all of the menus turned on. Probably not the most user-friendly way to work (and in all honesty, there is generally no good reason to turn on every Toolbar at the same time!).

The toolbar selection and placement is dependent on whether one is working on a part, assembly, or drawing file

The next post in this series will concentrate on the Command Manager. The advent of this feature in SolidWorks helps assure that your desktop will never have to look like the image above.


For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SolidWorks family of products and add-ons, please feel free to look through our Webcast Archive, register for an upcoming webcast or event, or look into our 3DU SolidWorks Training and Certification courses.

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