you could use equations, but that is about the same number of clicks - maybe more.
I would look into the "vary sketch" option of the pattern tool, maybe what you are looking for.
You can add construction geometry (dashed line) on all of the slots that represent the width. Set all of these entities to equal using sketch relations. Then you just need one dimension... no linked values.
Also, linked value... just needs one named value, then all of the dimensions are linked to that. You can place all of the dimensions then select all of them, right click, link value... and then create link name and assign it a value. Probably fewer clicks than what you are doing.
Whenever possible, I use sketch relations (such as equal, midpoint, etc) instead of equations or linked values. Then tend to be less process-intensive.
If your concern is clicks..here are a couple shorcuts..
- Double click your dimension to link/set equation...
- If you want a link, press "PageDown"
- If you want an equation, press "PageUp"
- Then just type away and hit enter
This works great for me...all you need is a double click...
As to what you're trying to achieve...if this is going to be a template, consider making a design table, where you can drive each dimension independently with the use of excel type formulas...and even linking between dimensions if needed....
Hope this helps.
How about creating some global variables under equation, give them a logical name and use them link your dimensions.