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Customizations and Upgrading Solid Edge

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013mail
With the ST6 coming one thing is certain…changes are coming.  This next topic will discuss how to transition from ST4 to ST5 (and as well can be used for ST6 upgrades) in relation to the customizations in Solid Edge.
There are certain things that a CAD Administrator can set up for you and share amongst the masses.  If you do not have the luxury of a CAD Administrator, it is very worthwhile to have users share setups.  It would be best if there was only one person setting things up as this keeps everything to a standard.
Solid Edge can, quite easily, bring toolbar settings from version to version.  The toolbars can be re-used as it were.  Also to note is the fact that these customized toolbars can be deployed on a user specific basis as well as a base company template type setting.  For instance, a company standard toolbar customization could be deployed and the user would then be allowed to take it from there.  Every company has certain functions that vary from what SE sets up out of the box.  Companies vary as well.  Users vary even further.  It would be worthwhile to invest the time once to set up company templates and environment settings.  If you do it once, there would be years of savings moving forward.
The image below illustrates the settings you can set up and take with you from version to version.  Keyboard, Quick access, Ribbon, and Radial Menu options can all be set up.

Screenshot of "Customize" Menu

The next sessions we will discuss how to set up everything.  I always like to have the “Previous Window” (in Draft for this example).  These are the steps I would go through.  Open a draft file, although you can do this without opening a file.  Select the down arrow beside the QAT and go to “Customize the Ribbon”.
The following dialogue box opens:
Expand the “View” tab on the left and expand the “Home” tab on the right to look like the image below.
Have “Previous View” selected on the left and select “Window” from under the home tab on the right and then hit the “Add” button.  It should look like this:
Close the dialogue box and you should notice on your Home toolbar that the Previous View icon has been added.  You may be asked if you want to save this if you need to create a new theme or you could save it to an existing customization.
You can also right click and the following menu shows up allowing you to set the options for the new icon:
These settings are saved in the following locations in ST5:
Vista/Win 7:
C:\Users\”username”\AppData\Roaming\Unigraphics Solutions\Solid Edge\Version 105\Customization\
C:\Documents and Settings\”username”\Application Data\UnigraphicsSolutions\Solid Edge\Version 105\Customization\
Windows 7 shown below for reference:
These settings can be shared between different users and computers.  As you can see, each theme is in a different folder and each type of customization (QAT, Radial Menus, Ribbon, ect) is in a separate file.  Because it is external to the install directory of Solid Edge and is not in the registry these customizations traverse updates to the software version.


MICE hotkeys assist in snapping to points.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

When working wth Solid Edge sketching, situations can arise where more than one keypoint resides in the same location. You can use the quick pick to filter through the multiple points and select the point you want, or you can use the MICE hotkeys. The hotkeys only require you to locate the element and hit the hotkey to snap to the point.

 Snap-to-point shortcut keys

Once you have located an element with the cursor, you can use the following shortcut keys to snap to keypoints and intersection points.

  • Midpoint – press M.
  • Intersection point – press I.
  • Center point – press C.
  • Endpoint – press E.

Tip: To help you remember what the shortcut keys are, note that the letters can be arranged to spell the word mice.

Shortcut keys are not case sensitive.

You can use the snap-to-point shortcut keys to select and apply the coordinates of a center point, midpoint, endpoint, or intersection point to a command in progress.

You can use the shortcut keys when creating 2D drawing or sketch elements, dimensioning the distance or angle between elements, adding many types of annotations, and defining patterns. You also can use the shortcut keys with commands that manipulate 2D elements, such as move, rotate, mirror, scale, connect, and stretch.

Snap to a center point

  • Start the command you want to use.

For example, to draw a line that snaps to another element, choose Line.

  • At the prompt to click a point, in the graphic window, move the cursor over the arc, circle, or ellipse element you want to snap to.
  • On the keyboard, press C to select the center point of the located element and apply its coordinates to the current command.


Snap to a midpoint

  •  Start the command you want to use.

For example, to draw a line that snaps to another element, choose Line.

  •  At the prompt to click a point, in the graphics window, move the cursor over the element you want to snap to.
  •  On the keyboard, press M to select the midpoint and apply its coordinates to the current command.


 Snap to an endpoint

  • Start the command you want to use.

For example, to draw a line that snaps to another element, choose Line.

  •  At the prompt to click a point, in the graphics window, move the cursor over the end of the line element that you want to snap to.
  •  On the keyboard, press E to select the endpoint and apply its coordinates to the command. The cursor location determines which endpoint is selected.


 Snap to an intersection point

  •  Start the command you want to use.

For example, to draw a line that snaps to an intersection point, choose Line.

  •  At the prompt to click a point, use the cursor to briefly touch each element for which you want to find the intersection point.

 Pause the cursor on the last element, so that it remains highlighted.

  •  On the keyboard, press I.
  •  Do one of the following:
    •  If there is only one eligible intersection point, then the point coordinates are applied automatically to the command in progress.
    •  If there are multiple eligible intersection points, select the one you want to snap to Element and object selection.

 Example—Touch each of three lines with the cursor, moving from left to right. Pause with the right-most line highlighted, and then press I. QuickPick opens automatically. The most recently located intersection point is listed first, and the intersection point for the first two lines you touched is listed second.


In the QuickPick list, click to select the intersection point you want.


  •  The shortcut keys are not case sensitive.
  •  If you cannot snap to a point when you press the appropriate shortcut key, choose IntelliSketch, and then verify that the point type has not been deselected on the Relationships page of the IntelliSketch dialog box.