Quick Tip: Adding Feature Tools to Your Sketch Shortcut Bar

SOLIDWORKS has had Shortcut Bars for some time. If you’re not familiar with them, these are toolbars that you can bring up with a quick press of the “s” key on your keyboard. The tools on the Shortcut Bar depend on the mode you’re working in; there are Shortcuts Bars for Sketch, Part, Assembly, and Drawing modes.

While how to customize these toolbars has been discussed numerous time, here’s an additional tip: customize them with tools outside of the normal grouping. My Sketch Shortcut Bar, for example, doesn’t just have sketch tools on it—I’ve added Extrude tools from the Feature toolbar. Why? Because when I make a sketch I often want to extrude it, so why not have the Extrude commands right there as well? It just makes sense.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. While in a sketch, type “s.” The Sketch Shortcut Bar will appear.
    Shortcut Bar Customization Figure 1
  2. Right-click on the Sketch Shortcut Bar and choose “Customize…”
    Shortcut Bar Customization Figure 2
  3. In the Customize dialog box, choose the “Toolbars” dropdown and select “Features” from the list.Shortcut Bar Customization Figure 3
  4. Drag and drop the “Extruded Boss/Base” icon right onto the bar.Shortcut Bar Customization Figure 4
  5. Repeat for other features you might want.

By: John Setzer, GSC Training Product Manager

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