Using SOLIDWORKS Command Search: Finding Useful or New Commands

To me, one of the handiest SOLIDWORKS ease-of-use functions hides in plain view: The Command Search. Found at the top of the application, the SOLIDWORKS Search box can be set to several different types of search, but the one I found the most useful is for finding commands in the software you may have forgotten, don’t remember where it is, or don’t remember exactly what it was called.

It’s even good for seeing if SOLIDWORKS has a particular command you’ve never used.

Search Commands Box

First, the Search box may not be set to commands. Click the list arrow to see the different types of searches the box can do, and then select “Search Commands.”

Click list arrow and select Commands from the list

Next, begin typing the name of the command you are looking for. As you type, you will see a list of commands to select from.

Start to Type Polygon into the Search

At this point, you can simply click the command you want to run. If you want to learn where the command is found in the system, click the eyeball next to the command to Show Command Location.

Show Command Location

If there is a toolbar or CommandManager tab open that has the command button in question, SOLIDWORKS will bring that forward if necessary, automatically move the cursor over the command button, and then display a big red arrow pointing it out.

Command Manager changes to the Sketch Tab, etc.

If there is no toolbar or CommandManager tab open with the command button in question, SOLIDWORKS will instead expand the dropdown menus to reveal the command, automatically move the cursor over the command, and then display a big red arrow pointing it out.

Menu Pulldown to the command being looked for, etc.

So there we go! Never spend time hunting for a SOLIDWORKS command again, just use the Command Search box and make your life that much easier.


Meet the Author

John Setzer

John discovered his love of teaching early in life. He worked his way through college as a youth coach, umpire, and referee before earning his bachelor’s degree in Education. As Training Product Manager at GSC, he has been sharing his SOLIDWORKS wisdom with GSC customers ever since – over 20 years! As the only CSWE with a state certification in teaching, John is well-versed is teaching all types of learning styles.

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