13 Replies Latest reply on Mar 25, 2019 2:12 PM by Patrick Dunleavy

    Why do I have several options grayed out in my part file?

    Patrick Dunleavy

      I have a part that consists of an extrusion and an additional sketch, which has several blocks in it. Among others, I have the following options grayed out:

      • New

      • Open

      • Print

      • Make Drawing from Part

      • Make Assembly from Part

      • Save/Save As (most important for me right now)


      I've tried the following:

      • Rebuild

      • Editing both sketches just to close them out to make sure it is not somehow stuck in Edit Sketch

      • Editing all blocks just to close them out to make sure it is not somehow stuck in Edit Block

      • Keyboard shortcuts for the grayed out functions

      • Rolling the Design Tree back to square one

      • Deleting everything in the Design Tree


      Nothing, not even making it an empty part file again, will make these options available to me. What am I missing? I would really rather not have to start this file over. The second sketch took some time. I thought I was saving along the way, but it turns out Ctrl+S wasn't doing anything for me. Any help or suggestions are appreciated.


      I'm using SW 2016 in Windows 7 by the way.


      Edit: After trying Dan's suggestion, I unintentionally closed the part file while trying some other things. I opened the part back up and it was missing the second sketch and all of its blocks because it hadn't been saved since that state. I will update after recreating the second sketch on whether or not that same issue arises.


      Edit 2: The recreation of the file went well. I created a similar, more simple test file and found that I lose those options as soon as I edit a block within the part file. Even though I completely exit that edit.