The same problem exists if I go into Insert/Annotations/Balloon
You're in the MBD tab Do you have the MBD module? Is this just a regular drawing and you're wanting balloons on that?
I am in the Assembly (.sldasm). It does not matter if I am in the MBD tab or any other tab. The problem persists. I want to label my parts in the assembly with numbered balloons corresponding to the BOM.
I do this on a regular basis, but its not working this time...
Is there any chance you're in the middle of a command or feature, such as in an active sketch, or maybe have "Edit component" activated for one of the Parts?
Ok, I checked for any open sketches and edit component features that may have been open. I even went in to edit a component and sketch just to exit out of them. I still don't have the option to add balloons
Funny, but yes I've tried that too.
Is it just that assembly? How about other assemblies? Drawings? Parts? You should be able to add balloons pretty much anywhere, whether or not you have a BOM.
I agree. If I open another assembly then I can add balloons no problem. It is just this assembly.
Did you happen to find a solution to your problem? I just ran into the same thing. Exactly the same buttons are unavailable. Closing/opening Solidworks doesn't fix the issue. In other assemblies everything is fine.
Since I had already added some balloons to the model, my current workaround is to copy existing balloons...
I had a specific assembly that was exhibiting this same behavior on 2018 SP5: same options were greyed out and Notes had no leaders.
Turned out to be some sort of issue with the Notes Area within the Annotations folder in the Feature Tree.
Deleting it resolves the issue. Curiously enough, when I Ctrl-Z immediately after deleting it and bring it back, the annotations still work. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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