Anthony Kanov

Here is a macro to LOCK/ UNLOCK external references on PRESELECTED components

Discussion created by Anthony Kanov on Dec 20, 2019
Latest reply on Dec 20, 2019 by Brian Graves

My workflow often includes designing components in context and then locking external references. After years of manually locking/ unlocking each individual component I finally got around to make me a macro to do that on all preselected components as on the picture below.

Quick and dirty but it works for me.



And here is the macro:


' ******************************************************************************
' LOCK/ UNLOCK external references on PRESELECTED components
' ******************************************************************************
Dim swApp As Object

Dim Part As Object
Dim boolstatus As Boolean
Dim longstatus As Long, longwarnings As Long

Public swSelMgr         As SldWorks.SelectionMgr

Dim mdoc() As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

Sub main()

Dim i As Long
Dim j As Long
Dim k As Integer

Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

Set Part = swApp.ActiveDoc

Set swSelMgr = Part.SelectionManager
j = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectCount2(-1)

If j < 1 Then MsgBox ("Exiting... Nothing selected. Preselect components and try again"): Exit Sub

k = MsgBox("""Yes"" to LOCK the components" & vbNewLine & """No"" to UNLOCK" & vbNewLine & """Cancel"" for DO NOTHING", vbYesNoCancel, "Lock/Unlock")

If k = vbCancel Then MsgBox ("Exiting... no action taken"): Exit Sub

On Error Resume Next

ReDim mdoc(j)
For i = 1 To j
Set mdoc(i) = swSelMgr.GetSelectedObjectsComponent3(i, -1).GetModelDoc2

If k = vbYes Then
  For i = 1 To j
End If
If k = vbNo Then
  For i = 1 To j
End If

MsgBox "Done!"

End Sub