With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, it has brought some radical and exciting improvements to the user interface and as we learn in this blog, a few of these changes were brought in as a surprise. Let’s take a closer look at how these improvements to help you navigate through the interface to assist you in accomplishing your everyday tasks.*NOTE: NEW changes are present as of SWX 2020 SP3
#1 – NEW Quick Access Tools Location
With the latest service pack update, our favorite quick access tools can be stored within a new column inside the CommandManager. Users are free to customize this location by accessing the CUSTOMIZE dialog and using the new quick access tools option to select its default location. This option gives users greater flexibility for moving this toolbar to a more commonly used area for ease of access.
#2 – NEW Location for the Help Menu
The release of 2020 brought some new options under the Help menu and with the latest service pack update, this menu has been moved to a new icon at the upper right corner. This update will consolidate additional menu functions that were available elsewhere now under one roof including a direct-link to the SOLIDWORKS support webpage and a new dropdown for activating/deactivating the SOLIDWORKS license.
#3 –Improved Dropdown Customization Menu
By right-mouse clicking inside the CommandManager area, a new drop-down was created in 2020 to allow for additional customizing using a much simpler drop-down menu approach. This change was made to consolidate both the addition of tabs and toolbars as well as another option to access the customize dialog within the same menu.
#4 – Search capability for materials
When editing materials for models, a new search box appears in the 2020 release to quickly enter the keyword(s) of any material. The options for keywords include the category name or the physical name of the actual material. This enhancement aligns with the other popular options for searching within SOLIDWORKS including the built-in search command window.
As always, each update brings new improvements to the user interface elements where we it continues to improve your accessibility within SOLIDWORKS. Feel free to leverage these new changes and we hope to update you with more changes in the upcoming releases in our future Alignex blogs.
Written by Jackie Yip
Jackie Yip is an Application Engineer at Alignex, Inc. When Jackie isn’t assisting customers on the Alignex Help Desk or teaching a SOLIDWORKS Essentials class, he enjoys road biking and keeping up on the latest tech trends.