What is the best way to set up the menus for use on dual monitors? The amount of mouse travel for the right monitor is time consuming. Looking for a faster and better way.
I set everything on the primary monitor and only left task pane on the 2nd monitor, just next to my SW
Has anyone noticed that the UI on primary and secondary monitors is very much same on windows 10
The reason I picked pri. or sec. monitor since I used to do it on wins 7, vista or earlier
SolidWorks is open on one monitor. The second monitor is used for everything else.
Same as Anna Wood.
Same as the others except once in awhile I will open up two instances of SW - so I can have one for read only and comparisons to a similar component or assembly
Same as Christian Chu
Same as Christian Chu. If I am running multiple session, then the secondary session would normally be on a different screen. The main use of the second monitor is for, as Anna Wood noted, everything else. Outlook, Excel, Acrobat, ANY other application that I need to open goes on a monitor OTHER than my primary...my primary monitor is for Solidworks.
One of the best things you can do to minimize mouse movement is to maximize your use of the RMB pop-up menu and the LMB pop-up menu. With a little customizing of the context sensitive pop-up menus, you can have the most commonly used commands be only a "twitch" away from your cursor.
Most efficient for me is to run SW on the second display; primary is left, secondary is right. Then select view>workspace>dual monitor from the menu (this places property and command managers on the primary display, just left of the SW session on the second display). The feature tree occupies the left edge of the SW session on right display and can quickly be minimized. And I use the bottom ribbon for any menu's I require that are not shown in command manager. This seems to be the most efficient use of desktop space for the assemblies and drawings I make/use. And then RMB everything else (like Doug noted above).
I use just the one screen for SolidWorks. Also, there's a trend with users now minimising their use of the feature and command managers, using things like 'breadcrumbs' and shortcut keys and mouse getures for most commonly used commands, users can maximise their workspace, and minimise their toolbars. (see supporting screenshot) I'm trying it for a bit, but I'm not totally converted yet (I do still use the occasional toolbar)
Every time you click on edges, faces, and reference geometry etc, you get breadcrumbs appear in the top left of the screen (SW2016) Hitting the 'D' key brings those breadcrumbs to the curser, and includes the ability to select then initiate most of the commands you would normally use within your feature manager (LH window) or Command Manager (Top toolbar)
There have been some great improvements with breadcrumbs made for the 2017 release too - meaning even more functionality at your fingertips!!
Have a go. See what you think
I usually do just as Anna Wood mentioned except when I have either a step or parasolid that I want to analyze in native SW geometry. In that latter case I will span the SW session across the two monitors and measure in one window while I build the model in the other display. Seems efficient.
1st world problems...
I launch SolidWorks, open my current project, then, when I open some other file for reference or a toolmaker needed some info, the next time I hit save I'm in the wrong directory.
My dual monitor setup is actually 2 computers with the identical monitors side-by-side. I work on the left computer as my main machine and, as needed, I will launch a session of SolidWorks on each computer. Email, web browsing, PDF viewing is done on the right computer exclusively.
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I personally prefer this setup to dual monitors.
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