Want to know how to become a faster modeler? Of course you do! Working faster frees up time to spend on Facebook…er, I mean ECO’s and such.
Context Toolbars: You may have noticed these small, slightly transparent toolbars popping up out of nowhere when you click on something. These automatically offer common commands based on what you have selected (hence the name “Context”). Clicking a plane brings up the chance to start a new sketch, go normal to it, hide/show, etc. Clicking a model face brings up commands to edit the underlying feature or sketch, change the appearance, zoom to selection, etc. And if you just want to be left alone and not choose any of the offered commands, just move away from it slightly and the toolbar will vanish (anyone figured out how to get this behavior from coworkers?). So the idea is that the vast majority of the things I want to do are offered to me so I don’t have to go looking for them.
Shortcut Toolbars: These are toolbars that are invoked by the user (the preloaded keyboard shortcut is “s” but can be programmed to any key or even a mouse button). They are modal, which means you can set them up differently for working on parts, sketches, assemblies, and drawings. Lastly, they are fully customizable, so just by right-clicking anywhere on the toolbar you can drag any command you want onto any of the toolbars and you can drag the border to re-shape it.