solidworks tipsAllright, so the last person that opened up your 1,000 part assembly hid a bunch of stuff and now it’s looking like a barren wasteland of nuts and washers. Before you spend hours traversing through sub-assemblies and revealing your wrath to that person, take a look at this.

Step 1
With a quick flick of the finger, right click on the active assembly at the top of the FeatureManager Design Tree and select Show

show all hidden files

bam margeraMargera is proud of you for exhibiting restraint and not beating your freind. What’s extra cool about this is that you can set it up as a keyboard shortcut. Then with some subtle slight of hand you can show off your new trick to your friends.


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