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Selection filter for Part, Assembly

Question asked by Anthony Fettig on Jun 7, 2011
Latest reply on Jan 9, 2020 by Dan Pihlaja

When working in an assembly, is there any way to select a part or sub-assembly in the graphics window? Currently you select a face on a component which highlights it in the browser, then you must go to the browser and select the part to launch or edit. A similar action is required for sub-assemblies (I am aware of the RMB select for sub-assemblies, but again you must go to the browser to launch.)


Other cad systems have selection filters that help with navigating large assemblies without scrolling through hundreds of items in a browser. A selection filter for component priority (whether it is a sub-assembly or part), then a part priority (if you want to reach through a sub-assembly), then feature, face, body, sketch saves a lot of time when reviewing a large assembly. It seems strange that Solidworks has the ability apply a selection filter down to a weld caterpillar symbol, but skips the big ones.


Is there an easy way to accomplish this in SW 2011?


Anthony Fettig