How to open an element's dialog-box

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How to open an element's dialog-box

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 Open an element's dialog-box.

How to open an element's dialog-box

There are 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.

You can also use this method to Delete or Rename an element.

Method 1: Selection-Window

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Example: Edit a Design-Set


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


Exceptions

SHIFT+CLICK a Pink Profile contour to edit an Extrusion (when the Visibility toolbar > Show Solids in Mechanism is not active.

SHIFT+CLICK a sketch-element to find and/or delete a constraint applied to or between sketch-elements.


Each element you click (or Shift+Click), show in the Selection-Window.

In the Selection-Window:

2.Right-click the element you want to edit or delete

A contextual-menu shows.

In the contextual menu:

3.Click Edit Element (or Delete)


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

Selection-Window

Selection-Window

Method 2: Double-Click the element

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

However, double-click may not be successful in the graphic-area if it is difficult to double-click ONLY the element

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

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Example: Edit a Design-Set


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.

You can also:

Use Selection Filters toolbar > Selection Filters

Use Display Filters > Display Filters


Assembly-Tree

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


Selection-Window

1.Click the element in the graphic-area to show the element in the Selection-Window.

2.Double-click the element in the Selection-Window.

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Method 3: Right-Click the element

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

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Example: Edit a Design-Set


Selection-Window - see above.


Assembly-Tree

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

A contextual-menu shows.

2.Click Edit Element in the contextual-menu

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Graphic-Area

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

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

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Example Edit a Linear-Motion FB


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

1.Click the element one time

 

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2.Click Edit toolbar > Edit Element

The element's dialog-box opens.

Other Procedures

Edit Parts with the Part-Editor

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To start the Part-Editor:

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1.Click a Part-Outline

2.Click Edit-Part in Part-Editor icon in the vertical toolbar to the left of the graphic-area

- or -

1.Double-click a Part-Outline (or its Y-axis)

- or -

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

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To close the Part-Editor:

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1.Click Edit-Part in Part-Editor 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 a Gear-Pairs or a 2D-Cam, it is possible to click four(4) elements:

Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam)...

Polyline that you have added to the Gear-Pair

Profile / Extrusion that you have added to the Polyline.


If all of the Elements have been added to the model:

1.SHIFT+CLICK a Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam)

In the Selection-Window.

2.Right-click the Extrusion element

or

3.Right-click the Gear-Pair

4.Click Edit-element in the contextual-menu.

You cannot edit a Polyline or a Profile.

To edit a Profile, or Auto-Profile

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When the Extrusion SOLID is not in the graphic-area, you must:

1.SHIFT-CLICK the Profile.

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: It is not possible to edit the element - e.g. : Profile, a Line in the Part-Editor.

Reason: You must SHIFT+CLICK a Profile to see the Profile and Extrusion in the Selection-Window, Edit the Extrusion.