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NX 11 User Interface Changes


You may notice some changes to the user interface starting in NX 11. These do not affect the ribbon bar or menus, and we think you will find them welcome improvements in some areas. Now, let’s take a look at what these changes are and how they will impact you.


When you have a session running in which several parts are open, there are a few ways you could change between part files prior to NX 11:

  • Window menu – A dropdown menu located at the top of the NX window that lists all part files and allows you to switch windows or change the displayed part
  • History tab – A tab that opens from the border bar to display recently opened parts.   

nx window menu.jpg history tab.jpg

The drawback to the history tab, of course, is that is does not show displayed parts you have open in the session, only those parts that were recently opened.


Starting in NX 11, you will be able to switch between displayed parts using the Switch Window panel. This interaction is a standard for changing the display when multiple parts are open in other applications, and now you have it in NX as well. You can open and navigate the panel in the following ways:


  • Ctrl+Tab opens the panel to show all files that are currently open. You can move from item to item using the Tab key, or hold Ctrl and use the mouse wheel to scroll through them. You can also select an item to open it.
  • Switch Window located next to the Window menu allows you to open the panel manually. You can then navigate through the displayed parts using the up and down arrows on your keyboard, as well as with the mouse wheel as described above.

nx 11 switch window panel.jpg
Another change you will notice when you switch between part files is that the module you are in now automatically updates when you open a part file. So, say for example you wish to switch from an assembly to a drawing view. In the past, you would open the drawing then have to manually change the application from modeling to drafting. Starting in NX 11, the system recognizes the application in which you last displayed a particular part and automatically switches to that application.


These changes streamline the process of switching parts and save you from having to stop and make manual changes.


Another enhancement to NX 11 affects any dialog in which you have a list of multiple parts. Take the Window or Close Part menus, for example. When you hover your mouse over a part file, you will now see a preview of that part, making it easier to identify; no longer will you have to memorize part file names!


nx 11 part preview.jpg


Additionally, any time you have a dialog with a list of available part files, you have the option in NX 11 to turn the dialog into an explorer window. You can change the icon sizes to small, medium, etc. using a dropdown menu. The list view is the default, however.


nx 11 explorer window.jpg


Finally, the last user interface change we will cover today concerns the information window. NX 11 introduces a more modern format that makes the information window easier to read. Because it is now an HTML document by default, you have the benefit of being able to open it right in an internet browser. You also get more information from the window with visual aspects like displayed colors or icons for the datums.  You still have the option to save the document as a text file if you wish using File>Save As, but HTML is the default. You can also copy and paste information from the cells.


nx 11 information window.jpg


Watch the video to see John Baker demonstrates these user interface changes in NX 11. 


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All welcome additions, thanks for posting Amy :-)