Why is display pane greyed out for for the parts.
I am not able to add a appearance for the assembly.
Please see attached picture
SW 2009 Sp5.1
Click on appearance icon and then you should be able to set/change the appearance as required. The grayed out is only showing as you have a sub assembly into main assembly.
Why are parts in a sub assembly greyed out?
I thought it was enough to add appearence at component level in a assembly.
May be because a sub assembly is like a single file for main assembly. And that is the reason the icon for sub assembly is not grayed out but for its part. But as I stated above you can click on the those icon to change/set the appearances.
Okay that solves the problem, but I do not understand why?
May be this is how it is programmed
this is because main-assy has some sub-assy.
Are any of them in a rollback state?
No, they are not in a roll back state
Try going to Tools>Options>Document Properties>Colors
Under the Wireframe/HLR/Shading select the box "Apply same color to wireframe, HLR and shaded.
Try this and take a look at this link and see if it helps you.
No it does not help.
I'm running SW2011-SP3 and am seeing the same thing. It may be a graphics driver glitch because when a Hide/Show icon is toggled, all the icons for that item regenerate and display in full colour.
I was having the exact same frustration in Solidworks 2017. And then I realized that I had my assembly 'Sectioned'.
While Solidworks was in the 'Cross Section' mode, all the different ways to adjust the appearance of anything was just 'gone'. It's not like the right-click menu option was grayed-out, the option was just gone. (Even double clicking on the color slice indicator in the appearances 'pop-out' pane to the right of the Feature Tree pane did nothing. Right click also did nothing.)
And the appearances icons in that pop-out pane were all grayed out (except for the top level stuff ironically) But while in 'Cross Section' mode, all appearances access was disabled, regardless of whether the icon was gray or full color.
But as soon as I turned off the Cross Section mode, then I was able to access appearances for different sub-assemblies and components just like normal.
I think in previous releases, Solidworks generated a 'pop-up' saying that you can't change colors while actively sectioning the model. But now I don't get that pop up warning anymore. So it was not obvious to me why I was blocked from those options. (and the Right-Click menu had just removed that icon completely, not merely grayed it out.)
Maybe Solidworks is just minimizing the pop-up warnings we encounter everyday. Sort of helpful, if you remember what mode you are in at any one time... LoL.
I have some that are greyed out and some that aren't (or at least a more faded out color).
I thought that this had to do with what has been loaded into RAM or not, but I am not sure. I know that, even though the others are faded, I can still select anything from the 4 columns
IMO, it seems that the SW programmers meant for sub-components of Sub-assemblies to always show the visual modify icons of the visual pop-out pane as 'semi-grayed-out' to indicate they are not top level components.
But for me, I can modify color and display style just fine, (even with the semi-grayed-out visual property icons), as long as I am not in 'Cross-section' mode. The 'gray-out' affect does not change based on the 'Cross-section' mode, but the ability to modify the visual properties does. (RMB menu is disabled completely on the visual property icons when in Cross-Section mode.)
Timothy Ganstrom wrote: IMO, it seems that the SW programmers meant for sub-components of Sub-assemblies to always show the visual modify icons of the visual pop-out pane as 'semi-grayed-out' to indicate they are not top level components.
Timothy Ganstrom wrote:
I am not sure that this is the case. You may be right, however, you will notice in my screen shot that the D29 part is a component of the sub assembly and is not greyed out, while the other components are.
I tried opening one of the greyed out components to see if that changed the greyed out status, but it didn't.
So I don't understand why either.
Maybe Matthew Lorono or Jim Wilkinson can shed some light on this.
It is documented in this topic:
2017 SOLIDWORKS Help - Changing Component Display Settings
In summary, the faded ones mean the appearance settings are defined at the sub-assembly or part level. The non-faded ones have appearances overrides applied at the top assembly level.
And this topic talks about how to remove overrides at the top level:
2017 SOLIDWORKS Help - Removing Overrides from Subassembly Components
I hope this helps,
Awesome!! Thanks Jim! You rock!
I knew that there was a simple answer.
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