Solid Edge provides many tools to help users. In this post, Amol Kate @AmolK will share information about one such tool available in Solid Edge that helps new users (whether they are new to CAD entirely or just new to the Solid Edge interface) locate the command they are looking for. This tool is the Command Finder.
Solid Edge is rich in functionality and contains many tabs with many more commands on each tab. It should come as no surprise that it would be a challenge, if not near impossible, to remember all command names and their locations on the command ribbon!
Sometimes accessing the commands requires the user to remember the location, however. The user can visit the help documentation to learn about the command. While this will work, this requires the user to search in help, return to Solid Edge and recall what the documentation says.
This is difficult and can be time-consuming for the user. Sometimes the command may not be available in said location as the user may be trying it from a different environment than that listed in the help documentation.
Luckily, Solid Edge has made this all very easy. Simply go to Solid Edge. If you loosely remember the name of the command, that’s good enough. You will find a tool in the status bar: the Command Finder. You can find any command with its name or using a keyword.
Command Finder not only searches the command, it additionally helps you locate and invoke the command. Allow me to explain with an example.
We have opened an assembly, and we want to check its properties. We may not know where the Properties command is located though.
You can go to Command Finder, type “properties” and hit enter or click on the button next to the text entry box.
Once you invoke the search command, it goes into the Solid Edge database, searches with the keyword and shows a Command Finder dialog listing all commands matching the search criteria.
You can hover on the command icon and it will show you the place where the command is located.
It will select the command and animate the icon so that it would be easy for the user to pick the command.
You can also access help from the Command Finder dialog. It will open the relevant help topic.
Command finder also shows the command enabled or disabled based on the context.
This is a great tool for the user to know! It helps anyone who is new to the Solid Edge interface or to CAD in general be able to quickly and easily find the command they are looking for and learn more about how to use it.