Picking and Choosing in Solidworks

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When you are working in Solidworks you normally have a series of task and decisions on your mind in a desire to get your product moving forward. How to pick objects in Solidworks seems almost like frustrated wasted braincells when under pressure. However the daily stress set aside I think most users would agree that highlighting some of the different methods could be rather helpful.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Dragging a window
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Dragging from left to right and the geometry that only are fully within our window is selected.
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Dragging from right to left and the geometry that touches the window is selected.
Selecting with transparency
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Transparency is a great functions working with assemblies, holding down the “Shift” key will let you pick on the Transparent part.
Ctrl Key
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Using the “Ctrl” key when selecting more than one object for same destiny is a time saver. If you wanted to delete the 2 dimensions you could click 1 and press delete, then click 2 and delete. Using the “Ctrl” key you would click 1, then hold down “Ctrl”key and press 2 and then delete.
Filter menu
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With the introduction of the “S” key I have no menus activated, lets just say I like the space, but default F5 brings a very useful Filter command, great for selecting stuff like only lines or faces.

There are many different tools in Solidworks for picking and selecting, I hope there was one here that you might find handy today :-)

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