October 11, 2014

Customizing Context- Sensitive Toolbars - New in SolidWorks 2015

Whats New in SolidWorks 2015 - Customizing Context-Sensitive Toolbars

To make it easier to access commands we use frequently, we can add toolbar buttons to the context toolbars (shown below) that appear when we select features in the graphics area or FeatureManager design tree.

context toolbars in solidworks

To customize context-sensitive toolbars:

Select a feature in the FeatureManager design tree or Graphics area. Right-click the context toolbar that appears and click Customize as shown below.

A.   FeatureManager design tree toolbar

customizing toolbar in feature mananger

B.   Graphics area toolbar

solidworks 2015 whats new

The Customize dialog box opens to the Commands tab.
Below the Buttons area on the right side of the dialog box, a box appears with the default context toolbar buttons shown as unavailable. You cannot remove or reorder the default buttons.

The label of the box indicates whether you displayed the context toolbar from the FeatureManager design tree or the graphics area.

A.   FeatureManager design tree toolbar option

feature manager design tree toolbar

B.   Graphics area toolbar option

customizing toolbar in solidworks

To add commands to the Context toolbar select a command category. Under Buttons, drag a toolbar button to the toolbar. The software places the button after the default buttons. Drag additional buttons to the toolbar. The pointer lets you control the button placement. If you add more than eight buttons, the added buttons automatically wrap to the next line.

customizing context sensitive toolbar in solidworks

To remove a toolbar button you have added, drag it off the context-sensitive toolbar. Click OK.
To access the newly added buttons, click a feature in the location – graphics area or
FeatureManager design tree – where you initiated the customization. (Shown below)

toolbar customization in solidworks 2015

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