Why is this menu missing? How can I get it back?
If you do not have any fears about editing the registry. Close SolidWorks Start regedit.exe Browse out to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks. Rename key SolidWorks 2016 to something like SolidWorks 2016_old. Close regedit. Restart SolidWorks and open your assembly. Are you icons and text back?
Can you shutdown the SW and reopen again if it's still missing?
Yes, many times. This has been going on for months.
Not that it is related but, I also have the recurring problem of losing the description box when I do a save. I have found the work around on the forum and am required to implement every couple of weeks.
Ryan, this is just a guess, which down carrot are you selecting? I don't have SW2016 but it looks like you maybe selected the one for derived configurations and not the one for regular configurations.
I have circled the carrot in the pic below, maybe it is specific to SW2016 which I am running.
Not really sure what this menu is called but it allows the user to change the component configuration for "This config" or "All config" or "Specific config". My menu is now missing the words but I can still make the selection which is weird. Obviously, this is a configurable component (i.e. nut, washer, or fastener) within a configuration of an assembly.
Same selection is available in the component properties dialog box (2nd pic).
He is missing the "This", "All", "Specify" Configurations menu
Weird... I have no idea how to get that back.
Yes! Thanks for the graphic Sarah! Funny enough I can still make the selections but just can't see the words anymore.
Video card problem? See #13 at Frequently Asked Forum Questions.
Thanks for the tip though, no solution yet. I reviewed #13 and tried to make the recommended selection under performance but of course mine is greyed out Not sure why. Running SW RX right now but pretty confident I have an approved graphics card and the SW approved drivers but worth another look. Thanks again
Ryan Sturko wrote: Thanks for the tip though, no solution yet. I reviewed #13 and tried to make the recommended selection under performance but of course mine is greyed out Not sure why.
Ryan Sturko wrote:
Thanks for the tip though, no solution yet. I reviewed #13 and tried to make the recommended selection under performance but of course mine is greyed out Not sure why.
Try closing all SolidWorks files.
Yes, closing SW files allowed me to select that box. Unfortunately, it did not bring the words back to my selection box.
This will make SolidWorks think the registry keys aren't added yet, so they will be re-added. Am I right? That could fix a lot of weird problems that nobody else has, which I see occur every other day.
1-42STU46 wrote: This will make SolidWorks think the registry keys aren't added yet, so they will be re-added. Am I right?
This will make SolidWorks think the registry keys aren't added yet, so they will be re-added. Am I right?
Yes but all settings would be reverted back to factory settings. So before you do that take a backup of your settings using copy settings wizard
Deepak Gupta I definitely agree - this can be a huge time saver.
I periodically run the Copy Settings Wizard on my system (2-3 times a year) so I can backup to good setups if I made some change that I later find causes a problem.
I also save it multiple times - one time as the complete setup and then I will do it again for each individual option.
That way, if I have a problem I can just restore earlier settings for just a portion and not mess up the settings that I have changed and still want.
This saved me a couple weeks ago when I was trying to fix a weird problem where my mid-line function would crash my system.
Ultimately I just changed back the "Setting" options and kept all my keyboard, mouse, files ...
A few extra minutes a couple times a year saves a lot of hours when something messes up.
Yes, the SolidWorks 2016 key will be recreated and yes, it may fix your original issue plus other weird issues you are having. However, this is the reason I recommended renaming the existing SolidWorks 2016 key so that it could quickly be restored it this fixes nothing for you. Or you can do as Deepak recommended and use the Copy Settings Wizard to create a backup (probably would not hurt to do both rename and save settings).
Thanks! This worked like a charm.
Glad this worked for you. It seems to be a 50-50 chance in the times I have tried it. Once you are happy with your new registry and you do not need your old registry settings, delete your renamed key. I say this because I have seen the copy settings wizard sometimes include keys and values from the old key (even though it was renamed) which, while it appears to do no harm, is confusing if you are not aware of it.
I have seen this occur on many training machines before, I would suggest either an update of the graphics driver via the rx tool or resetting the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks.
I met the same bug in SW 2018. Resetting registry doesn`t help.And very strange....for some assies SW sees derived configurations but for other do not.
Did you get the drop down when you originally installed SW2018 (what SP did you install and which are you on now)?
I`ve installed SW 2018 SP 0.0.
Selection of subassy gives this
Selection of drop down list gives this
But this subassy has a lot of derived configurations (we see only parent here).
Main assy has other subassy with derived confs and behavior is OK for it.
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