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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

How select hidden items

Often there is a need to make the mating of parts, with a surface or edge that is not visible. The function "Isolate" is not always convenient to apply. Fortunately, it is possible to specify the required element for pairing, even if it is not visible.

Solidworks Help.
Selects entities that are hidden by other entities.
To select hidden items:
  1. In a part or assembly document, right-click the model in the graphics area and choose Select Other menu_Select_Other.gif.
    • The pointer changes to pointer_Select_Other.gif and a box appears with a list of entities (faces, edges, subassemblies, etc.) that lie beneath the pointer, in the order in which they are encountered. An icon displays the type of entity (face, edge, etc.).
    • Hover the pointer over items in the list to highlight them in the graphics area.
    • To scroll through the list, press Tab or roll the middle mouse button.
    • You can right-click on the model to hide faces, revealing other hidden faces and edges.
  2. Click in the list or the graphics area to select an entity.

If the first time in the list is not the desired item, cancel and select the area closest to the desired item.