How to open an element's dialog-box

As we build a model, we do these steps:

STEP 1: Add an Element

STEP 2: Open the Element's Dialog-Box

STEP 3: Edit the Element's Parameters in its Dialog-Box- see How to Edit Parameters in Dialog-Boxes

This topic is to Open an element's dialog-box.

What does a typical Dialog-box look like?

Note: When you open a dialog-box, you may need to reduce its size. Click its right border and drag to re-size.

The dialog-box below is the Dimension dialog-box.

It has one parameter: Dimension.

A dialog-box can be be split into three area.



Label that shows the element-name (DimPtoP26) and the element-name of its parent (Part21).


Parameters you can edit. This area includes the Parameter data value(160), the Spin-Increment(10), and the Spin-tool. See How to open parameters in a dialog-box


OK-tiny-13-17 (OK), Cross-16 (Cancel), Clear19x19 (Clear), Help17 (Help) buttons.

How to open an element's dialog-box

There are many different methods you can use to open a dialog-box.

I recommend that you use Method 1: Selection-Window. It is the most consistent and reliable.

Method 1: Selection-Window


STEP 1: Click the element:

1.Click the element in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree one time.

- or -

1.SHIFT+CLICK the element for these elements types:
Profile to show the Extrusion element
Sketch-Elements to show its Constraints

In this image, I am about to click a Design-Set FB.

Because the Design-Set FB is near to different elements, I may also click those different elements.

All of the elements I click show in the Selection-Window.

STEP 2: Edit the element from the Selection-Window

The Selection-Window is at the top and left of the application-window.

1.Identify the element you want to edit (and open its dialog-box) in the Selection-Window

In this case, we want to edit the Design-Set FB (to open the Design-Set FB dialog-box).

2.Right-click the Design-Set FB element in the Selection-Window

A contextual-menu shows.

3.Click Edit Element.

In this image, the Design-Set dialog-box will open.



Method 2: Double-Click the element

Double-click is frequently the easiest method to edit an element.

However, double-click may not be successful if it is difficult to click ONLY the element you want to edit.

You can double-click the element in the Selection-Window, Graphic-Area and Assembly-Tree.


Double-click in the Graphic-Area

1.Double-click the element in the graphic-area

Frequently, it is difficult to double-click the element because it is near to other elements.

In this case...

Learn to identify the graphical symbols and become precise with your mouse-pointer
Use Selection Filters toolbar > Selection Filters
Use Display Filters > Display Filters


Double-click in the Assembly-Tree

1.Double-click the element in the Assembly-Tree.


Double-click in the Selection-Window

1.Click the element symbol in the graphic-area to show the element in the Selection-Window.
2.Double-click the element in the Selection-Window.

Method 3: Right-Click the element

You can right-click the element in the graphic-area, the Assembly-Tree and the Selection-Window.


In the Selection-Window - see above.

In the Assembly-Tree

1.Right-click the element in the Assembly-Tree

A contextual-menu shows. In the contextual-menu:

2.Click Edit Element.


In the Graphic-Area

1.Right-click an element.

A contextual-menu shows next to your mouse-pointer. In the contextual-menu:

2.Click Edit Element - usually at the top of the menu.

Method 4: Edit toolbar > Edit Element command

Edit-toolbar : Edit-element icon

Edit menu ( toolbar) > Edit Element


To edit an element...

In the Graphic-area, Assembly-Tree, or Selection-Window:

1.Click the element one time

Example in image, the Linear-Motion FB


2.Click Edit toolbar > Edit Element

The element's dialog-box opens.

Other Procedures

There are different methods to edit these elements:

Parts and Part-Editor


To start the Part-Editor:


1.Click a Part-Outline
2.Click Edit-Part in the vertical toolbar to the left of the graphic-area

- or -

1.Double-click a Part-Outline

- or -

1.Double-click a sketch-element that is a child to a Part


To close the Part-Editor:


1.Click Edit-Part icon in the vertical toolbar the left of the graphic-area

- or -

1.Double-click the Y-axis

- or -

1.Double-click a sketch-element that is a child to the Part

Multiple elements with Gear-Pair or 2D-Cams

Edit Gear-Pair, Polyline, Profile, Extrusion?

Edit Gear-Pair, Polyline, Profile, Extrusion?

Four elements in the Selection-Window

Four elements in the Selection-Window

With Gear-Pairs and 2D-Cams, it is possible there are four(4) coplanar elements:

Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam)...
...a Polyline that you have added to the Gear-Pair...
...a Profile and Extrusion that you have added to the Polyline.

To edit the Gear-Pair

1.Click a Gear one time
2.Identify the Gear-Pair element in Selection-Window.
3.Right-click the Gear-Pair element
4.Click Edit-element in the contextual-menu.

To edit the Profile/Element:

5.Click a Gear-Pair one time
6.Identify the Profile AND Extrusion element in Selection-Window.
7.Right-click the Extrusion element
8.Click Edit-element in the contextual-menu.

To edit a Profile, or Auto-Profile


To edit a Profile - ( or Auto-Profile).

1.Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to spin the model, to see the Pink Profile - the default colour  - see image.
2.Double-click the Pink Profile in the Graphic-Area

- or -

1.SHIFT-CLICK the Profile one time.

The Profile and Extrusion elements are in the Selection-Window.

2.Right-click the Extrusion element
3.Click Edit element in the contextual-menu.

Possible reasons you cannot edit an element

You cannot open a dialog-box to edit an element when:

Reason: A different dialog-box is already open. Close all other dialog-boxes, if necessary.
Reason: A command is active, in the Command-Manager. Complete or cancel the active command.
Reason: You click or double-click an element that is not possible to edit - for example, a Line in the Part-Editor. It is not possible to edit the element.
Reason: You must SHIFT+CLICK the element to see the child you want to edit..

Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd