One enhancement idea that has come up in the past is the addition of a "Ctrl+A" keyboard shortcut for Select All in SolidWorks. This strikes me as something that might be useful--for example, if you want to convert all entities in a sketch to construction geometry, you can simply press "Ctrl+A" rather than performing a box-select and potentially missing some far-flung sketch points.
This would be implemented as a simple command in SolidWorks--much like Cut, Copy, Paste, et cetera. By default, it would be accessible from the Edit menu and assigned to the "Ctrl+A" keyboard shortcut. Of course, you could also add it to a toolbar or mouse gesture if (for whatever reason) you wanted to.
The question is... what will this command select all of? Having talked to several people, this apparently isn't such a simple question. I suspect it would behave differently depending on the current mode. For example:
- In Sketch mode:
- Select all sketch entities (this one seems to be the most straightforward, but I could be wrong)
- In Assembly mode:
- Select all components (except those that are suppressed or hidden)
- In Drawings mode:
- Select all views? All views and annotations? Only select items on the active layer, or on all layers?
- In Part mode:
- Select all bodies? All features? Does it depend on the state of your selection filters?
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