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Context menu at cursor location


Hi, I hope I am at the right place to ask the question:


I am new to NX 10, but have over 15 years of experience with Solidworks. Our organisation has decided to move to NX.


With solidworks, there is a simple function I really appreciated, the "S" function. When pressing "s" on keyboard, a contexte menu at cursor location opened and gave me access to specific functions I required. The available functions would changed depending if I was editing a sketch, manipulating parts into an assembly, etc.


Question 1: how can I customize NX so that when I press "s" key it opens context menu at cursor location?


Question 2: how can I modify those contexte menu in order to choose the functions I am interessed to?


Thank you, Marc 


Re: Context menu at cursor location

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

A couple of articles from the help to get started on:


Customizing radial toolbars


Modify radial toolbars


Keyboard accelerators

Re: Context menu at cursor location

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

Note there are already various context menus that appear (e.g. in sketcher, once you select an object)

As they always seem to be "in the way", it is useful to know the "F3" key will hide/show them :-)

Ken Akerboom Sr CAx Systems Engr, Moog, Inc.
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP16/TC11.2
I'd rather be e-steamed than e-diseaseled

Re: Context menu at cursor location

Siemens Legend Siemens Legend
Siemens Legend

I have been around for quite many years supporting/ implementing NX at different companies.
 I have seen at several companies how they have tried making NX work as the system they moved from.

 This is almost never a good idea. All cad systems have their  "way of doing things", which might be a little different or very much different.

 In NX the shortcut S is by default the start of "Studio Spline " command.

  You can kill that shortcut and probably make the context sensitive popup dialog appear instead. 
  ( -try Right click ON objects of different types, - a line of a sketch, a feature, an assembly component etc,

  Try also press right mouse for a second and note the "radial toolbar" appearing.)

 Replacing only this single shortcut is fine, but in a week you will be asking for the next and so on.

 - Use NX for some time, and if possible have a NX specialist around to aid, or be frequent on the forums. 
 Both this forum and Eng-tips.

Then start customizing.







Re: Context menu at cursor location

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom
Excellent advice.

Re: Context menu at cursor location


Thank you for your advice which are very welcome. I understand there is quite few adaptations I need to go through and that NX has its own workflow and approach that are different from Solidworks. Its just sometime very hard to accept (I hope) temporary loss of efficiency by changing CAD tool. I am bit suprise  NX cannot be customize to achieve such function. For the moment I feel like having only 8 radial functions is a bit limiting.  I was told NX was super flexible on adapting the interface to ease the change.


Anyway, it is in human nature to adapt, so I'll do it hoping to regain productivity soon,


Thank you,