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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.

 Tips:

  •  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.
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