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Are you familiar with Search box within SOLIDWORKS?
It’s actually a pretty versatile tool that lets you search many different things within SolidWorks. Part of this versatility can be seen when you click the dropdown next to the Magnifying Glass.
From that dropdown, we can see there are 5 different things we can search for.
– SOLIDWORKS Help
– Knowledge Base
– Community Forum
– Files and Models
If I search for something with this option selected, it will search the help.solidworks.com website. This is really useful when you want to get a general overview of a tool or feature you’ve never used before.
If I search for something with this option selected, it will search the Knowledge Base section of the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal website: customerportal.solidworks.com. This is a great place to search for technical questions involving such things as Operating System compatibility. One thing to note is that you need to have a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account to be able to search the Knowledge Base.
If I search for something with this option selected, it will search the forum.solidworks.com website. Your search will be based on existing forum posts. If you can’t find anyone who has already posted about what you are looking for, you can got ahead and make a new post. This is a great way to interact with other SOLIDWORKS users.
If I search for something with this option selected, it can show me the location of a command. Let’s say I want to use a command I just learned about but I don’t know where it is. Let’s say that command is the “Dome” feature. If I start typing “Dome” in the search bar, I get a dropdown listing the “Dome” feature:
The dropdown also shows a picture of glasses. If we click on that picture, it will actually show us the location of that command.
It’s important to not move your mouse cursor once you click on the glasses. This is because SOLIDWORKS will move the mouse cursor through the menus for you. That red arrow that pops up to point out the command is actually done by SOLIDWORKS as well to make it very clear where the command is.
Files and Models
If I search for something with this option selected, it will search for files in whatever locations you have specified in the Search Paths section of the File Locations section of the System Options: