Drag, Double-Click, Right-Click, Hints

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Drag, Double-Click, Right-Click, Hints

Drag, Double-click, Right-Click

Many mouse actions in MechDesigner will be different to those in your CAD software.


Notes:

Mouse-pointer, mouse, cursor, mouse-cursor and pointer are equivalent.

Click is Left-button-click for the standard mouse setting.

Drag

Add an element: Drag

We use drag to add many different element-types. For example:

Mechanism-Editor: Add Part, Connect a Wire between FBs

Part-Editor: Add Line, Add CAD-Line, Add Circle, Add Arc, Add Blend-Curve

Drag to add a Circle

Drag to add a Circle

Drag to add an element:

1.Mouse-button down

2.... move your mouse-pointer

3.... mouse-button up.

You may (usually not) need to click in the graphic-area to complete the command.

Move element: Drag

We use drag to move elements in the graphic-area.  For example: In the:

Mechanism-Editor: to move FBs, Free-Parts or Completely Free Parts, ...

Part-Editor: to move sketch-elements, dimensions, ...

Drag to move a FB

Drag to move a FB

Drag to move a Dimension

Drag to move a Dimension

Drag to move Elements:

1.Hover above an element so that the element becomes red

2.Mouse-button down

3.... move your mouse

4.... mouse-button up

Ctrl / Shift key + Drag

CTRL+Drag = PAN CTRL+DRAG = SPIN

CTRL+Drag = PAN
CTRL+DRAG = SPIN

CTRL Key + Drag = PAN

1.Click in the graphic-area to deselect all elements

2.CTRL + Drag  to Pan.


SHIFT Key + Drag = SPIN

1.Click in the graphic-area to deselect all elements

2.SHIFT+Drag to rotate at your mouse-pointer's position.


See also Keyboard shortcuts for other Spin shortcuts

Hover + Drag

Hover to merge the start-Point of a Line with the end-Point of an Arc

Hover to merge the start-Point of a Line with the end-Point of an Arc

Part-Editor:  to create a sketch-loop or sketch-Path.

Add sketch-element + Hover above end-Point + Drag to merge sketch-elements.

Mechanism-Editor: You can add a Part with a Slide-Joint, or Part with a Pin-Joint.

Add Part + Hover above a Point + Drag to add a Part with a Pin-Joint

Add Part + Hover above a Line + Drag to add a Part with a Slide-Joint

Right-Click in Graphic-Area

COMMAND-MANAGER

CM-AddMotion-Dim-Example

When the Command-Manager is active...

If there is an element in all selection-boxes...

...Right-Click in the graphic-area = GST-TICK-GREEN-24X26 to complete the active command.

Even faster:

If there is ONE more element to select:

...Right-Click the last element in the graphic-area = Select the last element + GST-TICK-GREEN-24X26 to complete the active command.

 

CM-AddMotion-Dim-Example-cancel

If you have not selected all of the elements to fill the selection-boxes...

...Right-Click in the graphic-area = GST-CANCEL-24X26 to cancel the command.

MECHANISM-EDITOR

GA-RightClick-MechEditro

Right-click in the graphic-area to:

1.Cancel the active command

2.Show the contextual-menu next to the mouse-pointer

The image shows the Mechanism-Editor shortcut contextual-menu

GA-RightClick-ContextSensitive

Hover + Right-Click an element

To show a contextual-menu:

1.Hover above an element until the element becomes red

2.Right-Click

- or -

1.Click an element

The element shows in the Selection-Window

2.Right-click in the graphic-area, but somewhere else!


<<< the image shows the contextual-menu after Hover+Right-Click ... a Part

PART-EDITOR

GA-RightClick-PartEditor

When you are using the Part-Editor:

1.Right-click cancels the active command, and

2.Right-click shows the Part-Editor shortcut menu next to the pointer

The image shows the Part-Editor shortcut menu. Add Arc is about to be selected.

The Edit Part command (top) is always active at the top of the contextual-menu in the Part-Editor - but not very clear!

You can click this command to close the Part-Editor.

GA-RightClick-PartEditor-Contextual

Hover + Right-Click an element

To show a contextual-menu:

1.Hover above an Element, so that the element becomes red

2.Right-Click

- or -

1.Click an Element  

The element shows in the Selection-Window.

2.Right-click in the graphic-area, but somewhere else!

Double-click an element to edit

See also: How to Edit an Element.

When you double-click an element, you open its dialog-box.

GST-DoubleClick-PartOutline

To edit a Part:

1.Double-Click a Part-Outline

The Part-Editor opens.

GST-DoubleClick-SketchElements

- or -

1.Double-Click a sketch-element that you have added to a Part previously

The Part-Editor opens.

GST-DoubleClick-DimensionArrow

To edit a Dimension in the Part-Editor:

1.If necessary, de-select Add DimensionRed-14-1b  

2.Double-Click the arrowheadRed-14-2 of a Dimension

Note: nothing happens if you double-click the dimensional value/number

GST-DoubleClick-Sketch-to-ClosePE

To close the Part-Editor:

1.Double-Click the Y-axis* or a sketch-element (see image)


The Y-axis is a much easier to double-click than the X-axis*.

The X-axis and the CAD-Line are collinear.

GST-DoubleClick-GearstoEdit

To edit Gear-Pairs or 2D-Cams

Best-Practice:  Use the Assembly-Tree or the Selection-Window to locate the Gear-Pair or 2D-Cam elements:

1.Click the Gear-Pair or 2D-Cam in the graphic-area or Assembly-Tree

2.Right-click the Gear-Pair or 2D-Cam in the Selection-Window

3.Click Edit element in the contextual-menu.

AT-Double-click-MD

In the Assembly-Tree or Selection-Window

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

- or -

1.Double-click an element in the Selection-Window

If it is possible to edit the element, the element's dialog-box opens.

To stop 'Tool-Tips' showing next to your pointer:

Menu-ToggleHints

Tool-tips, or Hints, can hide the tool and icon that you want to use.


To show or hide Tool-Tips next to your pointer:

1.Click Help menu >Toggle Hints

- or -

1.Click Application Settings > Accessibility tab > Show Hints check-box