How to rename an element

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How to rename an element

Rename an Element

As models become more complex, it becomes more important to rename elements.

For this tutorial, open the Rename dialog-box to rename an element you see in the Assembly-Tree.


After you rename an element, it remains possible to identify the element-type from its icon. The icon pre-pends the element-name in the trees in the Element Explorer, and if you select the element, the icon also shows in the Selection-Window.

There are three(3) methods to rename an element:

Method 1: Name the Element with its dialog-box

Add and Rename

With an open dialog-box:

1.Double-Click the element-name at the top of the dialog-box

2.Enter a new element-name

3.Press the Enter key on your keyboard.

Unfortunately, not all element-types have a dialog-box with which you can rename the element.

Method 2: Rename elements in the Element-Explorer


Do the Windows® procedure:

1.Click, pause, click the element in the Element-Explorer - for example the Assembly-Tree

2.Enter a new element name

3.Press the Enter key on your keyboard

Unfortunately, not all element-types show in the Assembly-Tree.

Method 3: Rename dialog-box


This method applies to all elements you can click in the Graphic-Area., Assembly-Tree, Geometry-Tree, and Kinematics-Tree.

Use the Rename dialog:

1.Click an element, in the graphic-area or the Element-Explorer, so that it shows in the Selection-Window

In the Selection-Box:

2.Right-click the element you want to rename

3.Click Rename element in the contextual-menu

The Rename dialog-box is now open.

Old Name - Read-Only

New Name -

1.Enter a New Name (add a Letter to the end of the New-Name e.g. NewName-A)

2.Press the Enter key on your keyboard

3.Click OK-tiny-11-15 at the top of the dialog-box

TOP-TIP/ Please do not use a name that ends in a number (0, 1, ... ,9).

Rename dialog

Rename dialog