Hi, I'm new to Solidworks. Does anyone know if you can work in 2 separate windows in 2011 if I have 2 monitors (i.e. assembly one one screen and part on another)?
Thanks in advance for your input!
14 & 15 will allow spanning of screens (top of the window). I don't know about 11. If you end up starting two sessions of SW it won't set up log files correctly and you won't be able to directly transfer info except via windows.
I use two monitors frequently.
I know you can in SW 2015. With 2015 I just expanded the main SW window to cover both screens and opened the files I needed and adjusted them to fit each screen. Have since change my workflow and have my l right monitor filled with reference on materials, site surveys, and site specs. But you should be able to do what you're asking.
It seems you can.
In newer versions you can select the span display button and left/right buttons, but in SW11 I guess you just have to span both screens manually and fit the windows manually? I haven't used SW11.
I had answered before you posted this, it just was in moderation still. Go away spammers!
You can open multiple sessions of SW - however you need to watch for read only files. What I usually do is open a part or assembly and highlight the information I want to see and then take a screenshot, then show that in the 2nd monitor.
Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I just tried spanning the main window across two screens and then tiling the two open parts and placing a part in each screen. It works for what I want to do but the problem is that the ribbon with all the commands is only in one window. I noticed the option to have two separate windows in a later Solidworks version, but didn't know if there was an addin or something I can do to make it work in 2011. I like working with the assembly in one window and parts in another. As I make changes to the part, I like to click in the other window and see how it affected my assembly. Same thing with drawings and parts/assemblies on two different monitors.
When I saw this feature for 15 and 16 I thought I was working on two models simultaneously but....
As it has been pointed out to me, I am still working in one session of SW and toggling between windows. There is still only one set of tool bars, there is still only one ribbon, you just have two screens open on two monitors. Much like you are already doing.
Okay, thank you for the response! I guess that would be a good continuous improvement idea then for the next revision.
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