How to 'Start the Part Editor'

Notes:

There are different methods you can use to start the Part-Editor to edit a Part.

With all methods, take note of the following:

A Part is an element, which is identified by its Part-Outline
You can edit one Part at a time.
To edit a different Part, you must close the Part-Editor, which will return you to the Mechanism-Editor, to 'start the Part-Editor' again to edit the new Part.
When you edit a Part, you will see new contextual toolbars to the left [Sketch-Elements toolbar] and right [Constraints toolbar] of the graphic-area.

With some graphics cards:

To use the 'double-click' short-cut, to select a Part-Outline, [so that you can edit it] you must move your mouse-pointer above the Arc at the origin of the Part, and then double-click you mouse to start-the Part-Editor.
If you cannot even use this short-cut, you must identify the Part in the Assembly-Tree, and right-click to then click 'Edit element' in the contextual-menu.

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How to Start the Part-Editor...

3 different methods

 


METHOD 1: SELECTION-WINDOW

This is the most reliable, and requires the least 'skill' to use.

Click the Part-Outline in the Graphic-Area

Click the Part-Outline in the Graphic-Area

STEP 1: Click the Part-Outline

In the graphics-area:

1.Move your mouse above the Part-Outline so that it becomes red
2.Click the Part-Outline ONE-TIME

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In the Assembly-Tree:

1.Click the Part element in the Assembly-Tree ONE-TIME

In the graphic-area, if the Part-Outline is near to different elements, you may click those elements also. This is not a problem, but the the Part must show in the Selection-Window after you click it. All of the elements that you click show in the Selection-Window.

Selection-Window

Selection-Window

STEP 2: Edit the element from the Selection-Window
1.Identify the Part element in the Selection-Window
2.Right-click the Part element in the Selection-Window

In the contextual-menu:

3.Click 'Edit Element'

METHOD 2: DOUBLE-CLICK

GA-Double-Click-PartOutline

STEP 1: Double-click a Part-Outline
1.Double-click the Part-Outline in the graphic-area - see image

IMPORTANT: Occasionally, with some graphics-cards, to select a Part-Outline, you must hover above the arcs 2s at the Origin of a Part-Outline to select a Part-Outline and make it Red [default colour]

AT-DoubleClick-Part

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

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METHOD 3: EDIT-PART icon

Icon-EditPart

1.Click 'Edit Part in Part-Editor' icon in the toolbar to the left of the graphic-area - see image

or

1.Click Edit menu > Edit Part in Part-Editor

MD-EditPart2

Do this sequence:

1.Click Edit menu > Edit Part in Part-Editor [or the Edit-Part in Part-Editor icon to the left of the graphic-area]
2.Click a Part-Outline
3.Click the graphic-area

or, do this sequence:

1. Click a Part-Outline in the graphic-area
2.Click Edit menu > Edit Part in Part-Editor [or the Edit-Part in Part-Editor icon to the left of the graphic-area]

METHOD 4: RIGHT-CLICK

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STEP 1: Hover so the Part-Outline becomes red
STEP 2: Right-Click the Part-Outline
STEP 3: Click Edit Part in Part-Editor from the contextual-menu.

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Do not click the Part-Outline before you 'right-click' it. The instructions is:

'Hover above so the element becomes RED, then Right-click.'

How to Exit the Part-Editor.

METHOD 1: DOUBLE-CLICK

STEP 1: Double-click a sketch-element

In the graphic-area:

1.Move your mouse above a sketch-element so that it becomes red
1.Double-click the sketch-element

Occasionally, with some graphic-cards, to select a Part-Outline, you must hover above the arcs 2s at the end of a Part-Outline to make a Part-Outline Red.

AT-DoubleClick-Part

-or-

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

METHOD 2: EDIT-PART tool

Icon-EditPart

1.Click 'Edit Part in Part-Editor' icon in the toolbar to the left of the graphic-area - see image

or

1.Click Edit menu > Edit Part in Part-Editor

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