Drag, Hints and Selection-Boxes

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


Notes:

Mouse-pointer, mouse, cursor, mouse-cursor and pointer are the same term
Click and Left-button-click are the same term for the standard mouse setting.

Drag + Add Element

We use drag to add many different elements. For example:

Mechanism-Editor: ADd Part
Part-Editor: Add Line ; Add CAD-Line ; Add Circle ; Add Arc* ; Add Blend-Curve

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Drag to add Elements:

1.Mouse-button down
2....move your mouse-pointer...
3....mouse-button up.

You may (usually not) need to:

4.Click in the graphic-area to complete the command

Drag + Move Element

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, ...

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Drag to Move Elements:

1.Hover above an element so that the element becomes RED
2.Mouse-button down...
3....move your mouse-pointer ...
4....mouse-button up

PAN Drag & SHIFT Drag

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CTRL Key + Drag = PAN

1.Click in the graphic-area to deselect all elements
2.CTRL+Drag the active view.

SHIFT Key + Drag = SPIN

1.Click in the graphic-area to deselect all elements
2.SHIFT+Drag the active view.

See Keyboard shortcuts for different Spin options

Hover + Drag + Add Sketch-element = Merge-Points

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In the Part-Editor, to create a sketch-path/sketch-loop you must Merge (the) Points of adjacent sketch-elements.

To merge-points is to reduce the two Points that are coincident to one merged-point.

You can use Geometry toolbar > Merge-Points, or use the following, much more efficient procedure:

To add the first sketch-element:

1.Add the first sketch-element with the usual drag technique.

To add the second sketch-element:

Before you Mouse-Button-Down

2.Move you mouse-pointer above the end-Point of the first sketch-element so that only the Point becomes RED (see image above)...
3.Mouse-button-down...    ...move your mouse...    ...mouse-button-up.

The new sketch-element should now be in the graphic-area., Its start-Point should be Merged with the end-Point of the first sketch-element.

Continue to do 2 and 3 to add more sketch-elements.

To add the last sketch-element:

Before you Mouse-Button-Down:

1.Move you mouse-pointer above the end-Point of the last sketch-element ...
2.Mouse-button-down... move your mouse...

Before you mouse-button-up...

3.Hover above the start-Point of the first sketch-element ....
4.... mouse-button-up

A sketch-loop is complete.

Should you fail to hover correctly, repair the sketch-loop with Geometry-toolbar > Merge-Point.

Right-Click in Graphic-Area

COMMAND-MANAGER

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When the Command-Manager is active...

If you have selected all of the elements to fill the selection-boxes...

...Right-Click in the graphic-area = OK-tiny-13-17 to complete the command.

 

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

...Right-Click in the graphic-area = Cross-16 to cancel the command.

MECHANISM-EDITOR

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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

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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 when you Hover+Right-Click a Part.

PART-EDITOR

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Right-click in the graphic-area to:

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.

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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.

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To edit a Part:

1.Double-Click a Part-Outline

The Part-Editor opens.

DoubleClick-sketchelement

- or -

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

The Part-Editor opens.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

 

Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd