techtipsandtricks

Oct11

SolidWorks Alt-Key Tip

Categories // Tips & Tricks

Features that aren’t so obvious.

It's not black magic, voodoo or any type of spell casting... They're just great tips, tricks and techniques!   

Brought to you each month from the desks of our Certified SolidWorks Professional Application Engineers. They're out there each day working through the issues and digging deep into the hidden corners of SolidWorks to solve your most troubling problems.

Have a nagging question, or problem, you'd like the answer to? Send us with your request here.

TIP:  Jeremy Regnerus, DASI Solutions Application Engineer and CSWP, gives us this tip on getting more “alternative power” out of SolidWorks.  In this issue Jeremy outlines how the ALT-key gives you some add features that aren’t so obvious.

Unknown to most users, the ALT-key in SolidWorks contains many functions that help productivity.  Here are a few that you may find helpful…

  • In a Drawing you can move a view by using the ALT-key.  By selecting anywhere in the view as opposed to a model edge or the view edge.
  • In a Drawing, holding the ALT-key you can move any table from anywhere on the table as opposed to only the move control cell in the upper left hand corner.
  • In an Assembly, the ALT-key can be used to “Drag & Drop” mates, using Smart Mate technology.  These mates include Coincident (Planar Face to Planar Face), Concentric (Cylindrical Face to Cylindrical Face), and “Peg in Hole” Coincident & Concentric combined (Circular Edge to Circular Edge).
  • Alt + Left or Right Arrow keys rotate the model in a Clockwise / Counter Clockwise fashion.
  • When re-ordering the sequence of Parts in an Assembly, the ALT-key prevents the dropping of a Part into an Assembly
  • When several Dimensions are grouped on a Drawing, if you want to adjust one dimension in the group, you can hold the ALT-key and drag it to the new location, while maintaining the group.

Just think of what is Possible with Shift, Tab & CTRL!!

AltKey

**DASI Solutions offers a wide range of certified instructor-led training courses in SolidWorks and Cosmos. From the introductory level to customized training and mentoring services. Our instructors use SolidWorks on a daily basis and are recognized as industry experts. Every DASI instructor has been through a rigorous training program with SolidWorks Corporation to become Certified SolidWorks Professionals (CSWP's).**