When you are working in your feature tree and want to delete certain feature without deleting child feature is not possible in SolidWorks 2013. Both the parent and child feature will be lost when you delete certain feature.
With the latest realease on SolidWorks 2014 you can delete certain feature without deleting their child features.
Let see how we can use the new feature in SolidWorks 2014.
When you delete a parent feature that has child or absorbed features, you can select which features to delete. As shown below when you select a feature to delete, you get the Confirm delete dialog box.
Before we see the advanced option let us see the other options for the Confirm delete dialog box. As shown below you can select the option to delete the absorbed features. So if you delete the feature the sketch also gets deleted automatically.
The other option is to delete the Child features. In SolidWorks 2014 version you have the option to delete the Parent feature without deleting the child features.
The last option is to select the Advanced Confirm Delete dialog box and as shown below, it lets you selectively delete child and absorbed features. The features that you retain might display warnings or error messages in the Feature Manager Design tree. You must manually resolve any errors.