There are many methods you can use to open an element's dialog.
With all methods, you must be able to select the element. You can select the element in three places:
It may be helpful to use a Selection-Filter to filter for the type of element you want to edit.
To open an element's dialog, do one of these methods:
1.Right-click the element in the Selection-Window, the Assembly-Tree and graphic-area
2.Click Edit-Element in the shortcut menu.
1.Click the element you want to edit in the Selection-Window, Assembly-Tree or graphic-area
2.Click Edit toolbar > Edit Element icon
Click element in Graphic-Area
Click element in Assembly-Tree
For example, you want to edit a Gearing FB to open its dialog.
In the Graphic-area, Assembly-Tree, or Selection-Window:
1.Click the Gearing FB in the Selection-Window
1.Click the Gearing FB in the graphic-area
1.Click the Gearing FB in the Assembly-Tree
Click 'Edit-Element' icon in Edit menu
2.Click Edit toolbar > Edit Element
The Gearing-FB dialog is now open.
De-select other commands. Most usually, Add Dimension is active, which you must de-select.
1.Double-Click the arrowhead of a dimension to open the Dimension dialog
If you try to click the dimension number - R34.46 in the image to the left - MechDesigner does not respond.
When you click a Gear-Pair or 2D-Cam it is possible to click four elements:
•the Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam) - select it in the Selection-Window
•a Polyline - you cannot edit a Polyline
•a Profile and Extrusion - you can only edit the Extrusion.
Shift-click a Profile
To edit an Extrusion that you cannot see, but you can see its Profile or Auto-Profile.
1.SHIFT-CLICK the PINK Profile element
The Profile AND Extrusion elements are now in the Selection-Window.
2.Right-click the Extrusion element in the Selection-Window
3.Click Edit element in the shortcut menu.
You cannot edit an element when:
•A different dialog is open. Close all other dialogs. (ALT+F4 if you cannot see the dialog).
•You double-click two or more elements. You open none or one dialog.
•A command is active, in the Command-Manager. You must complete or cancel that command.
•You cannot edit the element - for example, a Slide-Joint